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Pray this Lent with Prep's FaithCP App 

Creighton Prep's Campus Ministry Department invites you to make daily prayer and Prep a part of your Lenten journey this year by visiting FaithCP, Prep's site for daily prayer, and by downloading our FaithCP app for your Apple or Android device. Each day, FaithCP provides a scripture reading, an Ignatian inspired reflection and a daily prayer.

 

Creighton Prep Mourns the Passing of Don Leahy ‘47

Creighton Prep joins many in the Omaha community today in extending sincere condolences to the family and friends of alumnus Don Leahy ’47, who has passed at the age of 88.

Simply put, Don was a legend, starting at Prep where he developed into an outstanding athlete in football, baseball, basketball and track & field. He was also a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary all four years and served as a class officer in all but his junior year at the school.

He went on to Marquette University where he became one of the top quarterbacks in America. Then, instead of going to play professional football, Don returned to Prep, where he began as a history teacher, an assistant football coach and the baseball coach. He eventually became the athletic director and, as the head varsity football coach for 17 years, won over 78 percent of his games and led the Junior Jays to state titles in 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1969 and 1970.

After leaving Prep in 1972, Don worked as a director at Ak-Sar-Ben then served as athletic director at both the University of Nebraska Omaha (twice) and Creighton University. Among his many accomplishments beyond Prep was his leadership in making the vision for Division I hockey at UNO a reality.

During his life, Don received many deserving honors, including induction in the Creighton Prep Hall of Fame, the Creighton Prep Athletic Hall of Fame, the Creighton University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame and the UNO Athletics Hall of Fame.

In August of 2010, Prep honored Don and his wife Carmen (who passed in 2013) with the naming of Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium, an athletics facility constructed at the northwest corner of campus that seats 1,000 spectators and hosts Prep football, soccer and lacrosse games.

Don is survived by his daughter Mary and his sons John ’81 and Richard ’85. Details on services are pending and will be communicated at a later time.

 

Sterling J. Brown Hired as New Dean of Students Effective June 1

Creighton Prep has announced that Sterling J. Brown has been hired as the new Dean of Students at the school, effective June 1. Mr. Brown comes to Prep with an extensive background in teaching, coaching and administration in the St. Louis area.

He currently works as the Assistant Dean of Students at St. Louis University High School (SLUH), one of two Jesuit high schools in St. Louis and where he also serves as a teacher in the social studies department and as a coach of football, basketball and lacrosse. He was previously the Director of Diversity at SLUH.

“We’re excited to welcome Sterling and his wife Amy to the Prep family and to Omaha,” said Creighton Prep Principal Jim Bopp. “His experience in many areas of Catholic and Jesuit education makes him an ideal fit for the dean of students job at Prep. I also want to thank Joe Ryberg ’84 for his exceptional service in that role, and look forward to his work as our new Academic Assistant Principal, which is effective on the same date. He will be following Chris Searl ’83 in that capacity, who will move to the newly created role of Assistant Principal for Student Support Services.”

“I am truly honored by the opportunity to work with Mr. Bopp, the rest of the faculty and staff, and the students and parents of Creighton Prep,” said Mr. Brown. “Prep’s reputation for excellence is well known, and I can’t wait to get started and to help advance the mission, especially through the compassionate care of our students.”

In addition to his work at SLUH, Mr. Brown serves on the board of directors of De La Salle, Inc. in North St. Louis City and the Loyola Academy of Saint Louis, a Jesuit middle school where he previously taught social studies and was a member of the first graduating class.

Mr. Brown received his Bachelor of Arts in youth development & leadership from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, master’s degrees in nonprofit management and education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and is pursuing his doctorate in education at Saint Louis University.

 

Volunteers Needed

 

Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel

Creighton Prep is in its fifth year of Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel on two Fridays each month throughout the 2017-2018 school year. It is a wonderful gift to Prep to have such prayer happening throughout the school day. Anyone is welcome to volunteer for an "hour of power" before the Blessed Sacrament.

On the Fridays when you participate in Eucharistic Adoration, please park in the east lot and enter through the Administration entrance then sign in at the reception desk. The receptionist will direct you to the Skinner Chapel.

Click HERE to reach the CP Adoration 2017-2018 page where you can view the adoration schedule and sign up to participate. If you have any questions about Eucharistic Adoration at Prep, please contact Fr. Rob Kroll, SJ at rkrol@prep.creighton.edu.

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. God bless you! Thanks as well to all those who have signed up so far!

 

Participate in Bowtie BASH 2018

 

Attend the Event on Saturday, April 21

Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service will be held in the Heider Center at Creighton Prep on Saturday, April 21, just 57 days away as of Friday, February 23.

Click HERE to make your reservation now for Bowtie BASH 2018.

Click HERE if you have already made your reservation and would like to submit names of the guests with whom you wish to be seated.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the BASH Invitation.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the BASH RSVP Card.

  • The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of our students. 
  • To download a save the date reminder in PDF format, click HERE.
  • Visit the BASH website for all things BASH.
  • BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community!

Attend the Patron Party on Saturday, March 24

Please join your hosts Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff and Doug Rohloff, the BASH 2018 Executive Committee, our co-hosts and me for Creighton Prep's BASH Patron Party on Saturday, March 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the home of Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff and Doug Rohloff at 17640 North Reflection Circle in Bennington. Click HERE to view the invitation that lists all the hosts and co-hosts.

It's a night of celebration with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres catered by J. Coco. Casual attire. $100 per person ($75 tax deductible).

Click HERE to register online now or download the invitation via the link above, complete the form on it and return it with your check to:

 

Creighton Prep

Attn: Grace Cominoli

7400 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE 68114-1878

 

See you on Saturday, March 24!

In Christ,

Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ

President

Creighton Prep

Donate a Themed Gift Basket

  • Donating a themed gift basket for the silent auction is a great way to support Bowtie BASH 2018. Click HERE to see the list of themes we’re looking for in the silent auction gift baskets, and sign up to donate one or more. Or sign up to make a cash donation, and we’ll assemble a basket for you! 

Buy or Sell Raffle Tickets

  • Help us sell raffle tickets for a grand prize drawing of $10,000. Tickets are $100, 3 for $250, 7 for $500 or 15 for $1000. Tickets went on sale Sunday, January 21. Contact Amy Knight at aknig@prep.creighton.edu for more info.

Purchase a Catalog Advertisement

  • Advertise your business in our Bowtie BASH 2018 catalog. There are a variety of advertising opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Click HERE to purchase a catalog advertisement.

Become a Premier Sponsor

  • A sponsorship of Bowtie BASH 2018 comes with a full page catalog advertisement, four tickets to the Bowtie BASH 2018 Patron Party, a table for 10 people at Bowtie BASH 2018, an eBASH banner ad and more. Click HERE for more information on Premier Sponsor options.

Adult and Student Volunteers Needed

  • Each year, Creighton Prep relies on hundreds of adult volunteers to make BASH a success! Sign up now to volunteer in the months and days leading up to Bowtie BASH 2018 and also for the event itself. Don't miss this opportunity to get involved at Prep and meet great people!
  • The school also relies heavily on student volunteersto make BASH a success. BASH volunteer work is a fun and important way for them to contribute to Prep and be Men for Others.
    • o    As a result, please consider talking with your son about volunteering his time on or before Bowtie BASH 2018 on Saturday, April 21 and letting him know about the student volunteer signup page located HERE.
    • o    Amy Knight, Director of Events, will also email the students soon about this opportunity.
  • If you have any questions about volunteering for Bowtie BASH 2018 or the event itself, please contact Amy Knight at 402.548.3858 or aknig@prep.creighton.edu.

BASH is a big undertaking, but with the help of our Prep community members, we come together each year to put together a successful event in support of our students – and have a little fun along the way!

We look forward to partnering with you in 2018.

Amy Knight
Director of Events
Creighton Preparatory School
7400 Western Avenue
Omaha, NE  68114-1878
402.548.3858 direct line
402.670.4774 cell
aknig@prep.creighton.edu

 

Upcoming Events

 

Cheer on the Junior Jays – February 23-26

The state swimming championships at the Devaney Center in Lincoln and district basketball competition in the Heider Center at Creighton Prep take center stage on the athletics calendar over the next few days, and your support of Prep student athletes at both events is greatly appreciated.

The schedule for the boys state swim meet includes the diving competition held on Thursday afternoon, February 22 followed by swimming prelims on Friday, February 23 at 2 p.m. then the finals on Saturday, February 24 at 11 a.m. The Friday prelims will be streamed online via the NFHS Network at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/nsaa then NET television will broadcast the Saturday finals.

Prep students are welcome to attend a state swimming watch party on Saturday, February 24 from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Commons to cheer on the swim team in their quest for another state title. Free pizza and refreshments will be provided to attendees as well.

Also on Saturday, February 24, the varsity basketball team begins District A-2 play with a game against Benson at 2 p.m. in the Heider Center. The winner of this game will play for the district title on Monday, February 26 at 7 p.m. against either Millard West or Burke (location TBD).

Please note also that the Jay Mart store will be open during the Prep vs. Benson basketball game. Of course, a wide selection of great Prep apparel and accessories is available. While you are there, check out the new Under Armour apparel now in stock as well as the $3 sale rack and the 70 percent off items.

In addition, Monday, February 26 marks the first day of practice for spring sports at Prep.

Go, CP!

 

Freshman Costume Dance – Friday, February 23

The Freshman Costume Dance sponsored by the Creighton Prep Big Brothers will be held on Friday, February 23 in the Sullivan Center from 8 to 10:30 p.m., and all Prep, Duchesne, Marian and Mercy freshmen are invited. Cost will be $5. Costumes are encouraged, and all costumes must be creative and appropriate. There will be cash prizes for the best male and female costumes as well. Refreshments will be provided by the Prep Moms.

 

Lenten Morning of Reflection – Saturday, February 24

Creighton Prep community members are cordially invited to a Lenten Morning of Reflection sponsored by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Omaha on Saturday, February 24 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sullivan Center at Prep, which is located just inside the main west entrance to the school. (The doors will open at 8:30 a.m.)

This is a great opportunity to engage in a morning of prayer and reflection with Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ, the director of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University.

Click HERE to register for the event.

Admission is free but freewill offerings will be accepted at the door and appreciated. For additional questions or information, please contact IVC Omaha Regional Director Becky Ehrman at 402-681-6311.

 

2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony – Monday, March 5

Creighton Prep is proud to recognize alumni, coaches and supporters for outstanding contributions to the athletic program at the school. Their commitment, achievement and sense of sportsmanship set the standard for the young athletes who follow in their footsteps today.

On Monday, March 5, you are cordially invited to the Creighton Preparatory School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center, recognizing the 2018 Hall of Fame honorees.

Athletes

Jose "Tata" Machado '78

Mike Macaitis '86

Jeff Wellwood '98

Nick Svehla '99

Coach

Greg Glenn '70

Team

1969 Baseball Team

On that night, please join us for a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Parking will be available in the west lot.

Tickets are $50 per person or $400 per table of eight. Click HERE to register.

Click HERE to see a PDF of the invitation to the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony.

To nominate a former Creighton Prep athlete, coach, contributor or team for consideration to a future Athletic Hall of Fame class, click HERE. 

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Tuesday, March 13

Please note that Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday evening, March 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. In an effort to “go green” and paperless, Prep will not mail home progress reports or report cards. Parents can view their son’s progress report by following these steps:

  • Click HERE to reach the PowerSchool login page.
  • Log in to PowerSchool.
  • From the menu on the left, select Grade History.
  • Select the 2017-2018 tab.
  • Use the PRINTER icon in the upper right to print your student’s progress report.

PLEASE BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THE REPORT AND BRING IT TO PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ON TUESDAY, MARCH 13 FROM 5 TO 8 P.M.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are a traditional and essential part of the educational program carried on at Creighton Preparatory School. These conferences help parents and teachers join in a partnership to further your son’s education.

While we like to have all Prep parents involved in the partnership of education, parent conferences do not provide the time for in-depth interaction. Please come with prior knowledge of your son’s experience in his particular courses. Before the conferences, ask him to tell you about each of his classes. Look at your son’s notebooks and assignments. This may give you a perspective that will make the teacher’s comments more meaningful.

  • Let your son know that you are going to visit his teachers. Find out if there is something he would like you to ask or tell the teacher.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask about specific points: behavior / homework / class participation /work habits / basic skills / social interaction / attendance / tests / attitude / morale / etc.
  • Focus on one or two specific points. The goal of the conference is to identify problems (if there are any), not to necessarily solve them at this time.
  • Keep your visit with each teacher to five minutes. If you receive valuable insight and you would like to pursue it or if more time is necessary, make an appointment with the teacher for a future visit or phone call.
  • Conferences are most successful when parents summarize their findings, with a course of action with their son, and follow up on his adherence to that plan. Ask your son to assess his own strengths and weaknesses. What is he going to do about what his teachers have said? Make a plan, perhaps a contract, and follow it.

Now you are asking yourself, How can I do all of this and limit my conference time to five minutes? Obviously it is a big order. Our hope is that one or two of these suggestions will help to make your teacher conferences a more effective and valuable experience for you and a more enjoyable event for all the Prep parents and teachers.

 

Prep Moms Retreat – Thursday, March 15

The Prep Moms organization invites all mothers of Creighton Prep students to participate in their annual Lenten retreat on Thursday, March 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will begin with Mass at 6 p.m. in the Skinner Chapel led by Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ, followed by a reflection and meditation. The evening will end with an opportunity to socialize and meet other Prep moms. Again, all mothers are welcome to attend, and please plan to wear comfortable clothes that evening. Please also consider signing up HERE to help with refreshments. Thank you!

 

eBASH 2018 – March 23 to April 13

eBASH 2018, running from Friday, March 23 to Friday, April 13, is your opportunity to participate in Bowtie BASH 2018 without leaving the comfort of your home. Bid online for Creighton Prep items and ticket opportunities in the days leading up to Bowtie BASH 2018 on Saturday, April 21! You're guaranteed to find great, unique items while supporting Prep.

Additional details on eBASH 2018 will be communicated at a later date. For questions about eBASH 2018 in the meantime, please contact Stephanie Kremla Heng at 402.548.6228 or by email at skrem@prep.creighton.edu.

 

BASH Patron Party – Saturday, March 24

Please join your hosts Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff and Doug Rohloff, the BASH 2018 Executive Committee, our co-hosts and me for Creighton Prep's BASH Patron Party on Saturday, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the home of Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff and Doug Rohloff at 17640 North Reflection Circle in Bennington. Click HERE to view the invitation that lists all the hosts and co-hosts.

It's a night of celebration with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres catered by J. Coco. Casual attire. $100 per person ($75 tax deductible).

Click HERE to register online now or download the invitation via the link above, complete the form on it and return it with your check to:

 

Creighton Prep

Attn: Grace Cominoli

7400 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE 68114-1878

 

See you on Saturday, March 24!

In Christ,

Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ

President

Creighton Prep

 

Bowtie BASH 2018 – Saturday, April 21

You are cordially invited to register today for Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service. This is Creighton Prep's largest annual fundraiser, and it will be held in the Heider Center at the school on Saturday, April 21.

  • Click HERE to make your reservation now for Bowtie BASH 2018.
  • Click HERE if you have already made your reservation and would like to submit names of the guests with whom you wish to be seated.
  • CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the BASH RSVP Card.
  • CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the BASH Invitation.

The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of our students. 

To download a save the date reminder in PDF format, click HERE.

Visit the BASH website for all things BASH.

BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community!

 

Prep Notes

 

Fine Arts Night 2018 a Success

Thanks to everyone who attended Fine Arts Night 2018 on Tuesday, February 20 to make it a success! Thanks as well to all the Prep students who performed in the Chamber Choir and Concert Band and/or displayed their artistic talents through their art, film and photography, and to Fine Arts Department faculty members Jeremy Caniglia, Rob Chesire, Amy Gillispie and David May for preparing the students so well.

 

Academic Decathlon Team Takes State

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team on winning the large school division and the overall state title in competition at Bellevue University on February 16 and 17. The team also tied for first place in the Super Quiz competition, which covered the history, politics and religion of Africa.

The team of Aidan Buechler ‘19, Gabe Drew ‘18, Aidan Filipi ‘18, Isaiah Hogue ‘18, Paul Martin ‘18, Mitch Masker ‘18, Joe McGill ‘18, Jack Mowat ‘18, Matthew Muellner ‘19, Marcus Steinke ‘19, and Aidan Weindel ‘18 brought home more than 50 individual medals as well. Team managers were Yoobin Ha ’18, Joey Kaplan ‘18, Max Lauritsen ‘21, Sean Patterson ‘21 and De Vanni Tang ’18, and the team was coached by Barb Hake, who was assisted by Elaine Ayers and Mattie Olsen.

The team now advances to the national competition in Frisco, Texas in the spring.

 

Bee Club Acquires New Hive

Congratulations to faculty moderator Sean Joyce Whipp and the rest of the Bee Club members on their recent acquisition of a new hive that was partially funded through a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation and The Bee Cause Project. The hive was produced by BackYard Hive in Eldorado Springs, Colorado.

The Bee Club is a new club at Prep that was formed at the beginning of the current academic year, and Sean would like to thank his many colleagues at the school who have been interested in working with him to start the club, including Director of ToMorrow Labs Candace Thompson who has been gracious in letting the club use the new wood shop space to build a hive.

Those interested in learning more about the Bee Club or supporting it can contact Sean at sjoyc@prep.creighton.edu.

 

2018 Loyola Scholars Nomination Season Through Monday, March 12

Loyola Scholars is a year-round, three-year academic and leadership achievement program serving middle school 6th-to-8th-grade males in the Omaha metro area who are academically talented, have leadership potential and whose households have significant financial need. 

If you know of any Omaha metro area families with current 5th grade males who might be interested and qualify for the Loyola Scholars program at Prep, please note that their names can be placed in nomination through Monday, March 12 by the student's elementary school principal, teacher, counselor, pastor or director of religious education, or an employee of another educational, community-based organization via the nomination form located at www.creightonprep.org/loyolascholars/nomination.

Nominees for Loyola Scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a currently enrolled 5th grade male.
  • Household demonstrates significant financial need. (Free and Reduced Lunch qualifier is a good indicator.)
  • Student demonstrates good to strong academic ability in class and on standardized tests (based on 4th and 5th grade report cards and testing).
  • Student possesses motivation, desire for academic achievement and shows leadership potential.
  • Student is from a family committed to the goal of college preparatory education and faith-centered child development.

Application packets for Loyola Scholars go out by mail soon after nominations are received, and all nominations and information provided are kept confidential.

If you or any prospective families you know have questions about the Loyola Scholars program, please contact Fr. Nathan Wendt, SJ at nwend@prep.creighton.edu or 402-548-3885.

 

Creighton Prep Neckties and Bowties Created by Vineyard Vines

Need a special gift of apparel for the Prep fan in your life or are you looking for just the right bowtie to wear to Bowtie BASH 2018 on Saturday, April 21? Either way, look no further than Creighton Prep neckties and bowties created by Vineyard Vines!

Choose from a royal-blue-with-navy-blue-CP-logo necktie, a light-blue-with-navy-blue-CP-logo necktie, a royal-blue-with-Billy-Bluejay-logo bowtie and a navy-blue-with-Billy-Bluejay-logo bowtie.

Creighton Prep neckties and bowties created by Vineyard Vines come with gift boxes and are available now through the Prep website HERE. The neckties are $85 and the bowties $55. Please allow 24 hours for processing then your order may be picked up in the Advancement Office at Prep.

If you have questions or need additional information on Creighton Prep neckties and bowties created by Vineyard Vines, please contact Director of Events Amy Knight at aknig@prep.creighton.edu or 402-548-3858. Thank you!

Please note: If you pre-ordered Creighton Prep neckties and bowties created by Vineyard Vines, they can be picked up now in the Advancement Office.

 

Jay Mart Open for the Prep vs. Benson Game and Registration Night

Please note also that Jay Mart store will be open during the Prep vs. Benson district basketball game that will take place in the Heider Center on Saturday, February 24 beginning at 2 p.m. As always, a wide selection of great Prep apparel and accessories is available. While you are there, check out the new Under Armour apparel now in stock as well as the $3 sale rack and the 70 percent off items.

The Jay Mart will also be open on Registration Night for the Class of 2022 to be held on Wednesday, February 28, and there will be a Jay Mart table in the Mullen Gym lobby as well. Among other items, the store will be selling a Class of 2022 T-shirt inside a CP drawstring bag that includes some extra items for a total of $25.

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium just outside the Heider Center and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days.

For questions or additional information, please contact Stacey Burke at sburk@prep.creighton.edu.

  

Register Your Son Today for Creighton Prep Little Jays Football

If your son is entering 5th through 8th grade this fall and is interested in playing football, now is a great time to sign him up to play in the Creighton Prep Little Jays Football program. The Little Jays compete against other teams in the Metro Youth Football League, and the program focuses on athletic and social development with a positive experience on teams managed by coaches with extensive experience, all in an Archdiocese-sponsored safe environment. All practices and home games are held at Prep.

There is even a flag football program and discounts for early signup by May 1! To learn more and register your son today, visit http://www.littlejaysathletics.com.

 

Keep up to date on Creighton Prep

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