Family Update

Week of March 15th - 19th, 2021

This Week at St. Benedict

This Week at Academy of St. Benedict

Good morning,


We hope that you find the summary video above this section to be helpful. It captures many of the very important items that are included in the update.


This is a really busy week at school and there is a lot happening!


This Wednesday and Thursday we have a special brand new Easter Clothes giveaway. See the attached flyer! The clothes are beautiful - there are a variety of styles and sizes. Enter door 2 (gym) between 1 PM and 3 PM. Please maintain social distance and wear your mask properly. We will limit the number of people inside for safety! These beautiful clothes are courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul and Lord & Taylor.


We are registering for the 2021-2022 school year. The first step will be to complete the registration Google form and pay the $50 fee (toward the registration fee). Please click the link here. After the form is complete and the deposit is paid, we will contact families to review financial plans and other information. For those who already completed the Google form, we will be calling to set up the next steps. We will encourage virtual/phone registration for everyone's safety. The first set of financial contracts for the 2021-2022 school year are going out this week.


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.


All students will enter through the front doors until we return from Easter Break. We will have extra cleaning focused on that area with the increased number of students using the steps/handrails there. After Easter Break, students will begin gathering outside with their teachers at 7:30.


As a reminder, any person who is on our property must have their mask on properly (up over the nose) as we work to keep everyone safe. Please check Class Dojo each afternoon before dismissal.


The school office is open from 6:30 AM to 4 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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Punctuality Matters!

We have an issue with the number of students arriving after 8 AM for school. Instruction begins at 8 AM every day. Students arriving after that miss breakfast, miss social time with their peers and interrupt the class that began at 8 AM. Beginning on Monday, we will try a new plan to help.


Any students arriving after 8 AM will gather in the cafeteria (by cohorts) and start their morning work down there. Once there is a break in instruction in a classroom, those students will be admitted to class. This will limit the number of times a classroom is disrupted.


We want all students in their seats at 8 AM ready to learn. Please have students at school by 7:50 AM.

Show Your St. Benedict Pride!

This is a limited supply offer! These beautiful sweatshirts will be available beginning on Monday, March 15th. They are $20 if paid in cash, $23 if using debit/credit. We only have a limited supply. They may be worn (hoods down) in school as part of the regular and PE uniform!

They may be purchased in the office!

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Graduation Picture Retake Day

This Friday (3/19) is graduation picture retake day or PK4, Kindergarten, and 8th grade. Only students who missed the first graduation picture day and those who are requesting a retake will be photographed. For e-learners coming in for the pictures, please arrive by 9 AM. If you have questions, please call the office.
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March 29th All School All Students Picture Day


**All Students will be photographed***

March 29th Picture Day Information for E-Learners ONLY!

PK, K, 1st, and 2nd-grade students: 11:00-11:30
3rd, 4th, 5th students: 11:30-12
6th, 7th, 8th: 12 - 12:30

For siblings please come during one of the grade's times. Students with 1 adult only will enter at door 2 maintaining STRICT social distancing. As soon as the picture is taken, students must leave.

Students may wear the outfit of their choice, provided it is school-appropriate.


***Families of in-person learners***

Students will have their pictures taken with their class in a very traditional manner on 3/29. Students may dress down in a school-appropriate outfit. If your child wears dress clothes, we suggest sending their uniform so that students may change after pictures.

Spring Break Plans

We are asking that if you or your family gather in a group to celebrate Easter over the break and the group of people aren't living in your home, please have your children remain out of school for the week we return from break. This applies if your family travels to a red state. See guidance which will be updated on March 16th. We will arrange for your child to remote learn that week. We have come so far in keeping the students and staff safe in the building, please help us continue that!
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Title 1 Virtual STEM Night

Join Title 1 and Academy of St. Benedict for a fun hands-on STEM night! Families who have signed up will receive their STEM kits before the May 5th event. This will be held virtually! We are excited to offer this fabulous learning opportunity in a new way!


This program is for grades K-8. Click here to register!


Please let us know if you have any questions!

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Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test Dates

Our in-person third through eighth-grade learners who have received a tax credit scholarships through Big Shoulders Fund or Empower Illinois will begin testing this week. It will take 6 days to complete the sections as we will do one section a day. We will test:

Tuesday 3/16, Wednesday 3/17, Thursday 3/18 this week, and Tuesday 3/23, Thursday 3/25, and Friday 3/26. Makeups will be scheduled as needed.

Tuition - March 15th Exclusion

While we know that these are very challenging times, the financial health of the school is important to its longevity. Families with delinquent balances are being called to set up plans. Students will be excluded from in-person and e-learning on 3/15 if plans haven't been set up or paid as agreed. If there is a problem getting your tax-agreements paid due to the IRS, we can work with you.


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. These unprecedented times are challenging for everyone.

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!


  • March 15th - 25th - IAR test window.
  • March 19th - Graduation picture re-take day.
  • March 29th - Picture day for ALL students. E-learners will receive a time to come in.
  • April 1 - Professional Development - no school
  • April 2nd - 11th - Easter Break (School reopens Monday, April 12th)
  • May 1st- 15th - iReady Diagnostic Window
  • May 14th - Professional Development - no school
  • May 27th - Candle & Ribbon grades 7 & 8 (specifics to follow - modified program)
  • 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
  • August 16th - First day of the 2021-2022 school year!
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PAW List!

It's time to get your PAWS completed! Attached is a new list!


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. We also will accept 3 large Lysol/disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, or a combination of the two for a PAW.

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/