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New Deadline to Order Caps and Gowns for Graduation

Graduation may seem far away but the deadline for ordering senior graduation caps, gowns, invitations and other items has been moved up to Tuesday, November 27. This means that prices will increase if your order is not submitted by that date.

The order forms from School Traditions that are part of the order packet your son received on October 4, 2018 indicate a later deadline. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The packet has several forms but be sure to use the main white folded form with rings on it that says Graduation Order Form CLASS of 2019 to order your son’s cap, gown and tassel, and view additional items that you may wish to order. Price information is included in the packet.

Please complete your order and mail it to School Traditions at the address just below.

School Traditions
12100 West Center Rd
Bel Air Plaza, Suite 901
Omaha NE 68114

ALL SENIORS must have a cap, gown and tassel for graduation, and this is your opportunity to order. If your son plans to use his brother’s cap and gown and, as a result, you do not plan to place a cap and gown order through School Traditions, please let Kath Harmon in the High School Office know by emailing her at kharmon@creightonprep.org. Thank you!


1:1 Program Evaluation Survey for Parents

This marks the fourth year of Prep's 1:1 program, and it is important that we take time now to review and evaluate our current program. Please click HERE and take few minutes to provide your feedback about your experience with Prep's 1:1 program. Thank you!


Volunteer Opportunities


Mentors Needed in Omaha Catholic Schools

The TeamMates Mentoring Program is looking for adult members of the Prep community to mentor in Omaha Catholic schools such as All Saints, Holy Name, St. Pius X/St. Leo, St. Roberts and many others. Mentoring is a great way to impact the direction of a young person’s life, and your help is needed. Those interested are encouraged to complete an online application HERE.


Help Prep Acquire Auction Items for Beach BASH 2019

The success of BASH each year is critical to Prep’s ongoing mission to deliver educational excellence to 1,000 young men, to keep tuition affordable, and to provide financial assistance to nearly half of all students.

The same will be true for Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years” which is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, and your help is needed now to acquire items for the silent auction that will take place that evening and the eBASH online auction that will precede it.

Volunteering for BASH is a great way to provide service to Prep! Click HERE to learn more and to sign up for auction acquisition!


Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel

Creighton Prep is in its sixth year of Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel on Fridays during the 2018-2019 school year. It is a wonderful gift to Prep to have such prayer happening throughout the school day, and 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 2018-2019 signup 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 Mr. Kelly Barth at kbarth@creightonprep.org.

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!


Upcoming Events


Pancake Breakfast for Operation Others – Sunday, November 11

Support Operation Others through the purchase of a pancake breakfast in the parish hall at St. Leo Catholic Church (1920 N. 102 Street) on Sunday, November 11 after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses. The breakfast costs $7 for adults, $3 for children and $22 for families, and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, fruit, coffee and orange juice.


Alumni Memorial Mass – Sunday, November 11

October 2018

Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends of Creighton Prep,

The Church has a wonderful custom of setting aside November as a special time for prayerfully remembering our deceased loved ones. We believe it is especially appropriate to remember them during the Eucharist, which is a sign of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Therefore, the Creighton Prep Jesuit community will remember your loved ones in two special ways as we celebrate the Eucharist.

We ask you to join us as we gather as a Prep community on Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m. in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center for the Alumni Memorial Mass. Although the Mass is for all deceased members of the Prep community, it is especially for our former students who have died during the past year (between the dates of October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018). Please park in the west lot and note that refreshments and pastries will be served following the Mass.

We also invite you to share in our prayers by sending us the names of your deceased relatives and friends through a prayer request on our FaithCP site. We will place those names at the altar in the Skinner Chapel during the month of November when we will pray for you and your intentions during our daily community Eucharist.

  • Click HERE to register for the Alumni Memorial Mass.
  • Click HERE to send us the names of your deceased relatives and friends.

These prayers and Masses are our gift to you. It is our privilege to minister to you in this way.

We pray that God will continue to bless you for your wonderful commitment to Creighton Prep and your unfailing support of the mission of Jesuit education in Omaha.

In the Lord,

Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ


Creighton Prep


Operation Others Canned Chicken and Tuna Food Drive – November 12-16

The Operation Others Food Drive will take place November 12-16. This year Prep is collecting canned chicken and tuna to include in our food bags. Students can drop off their donations each morning outside of the Campus Ministry Office. House cup points will be awarded to the House that donates the most cans of chicken and tuna. Thanks for your generosity!


CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius Meeting – Monday, November 12

The CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius retreat experience continues its 12th year on Monday, November 12 from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the Skinner Chapel, located on the first floor of Creighton Prep in the south hallway. Director of Adult Spirituality Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will guide the meeting, science teacher Madeleine Morelli will be the featured speaker and the meeting will include a prayer service to honor deceased family members and friends.

Would you like to learn more about your son’s religious formation at Prep and support his spiritual growth, as well as hear members of the CP staff share how faith influences their work? Please join the group once a month as they pray the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and learn about Ignatian spirituality.

Uniquely designed with busy parents in mind, this spiritual journey takes the four-week Ignatian retreat and spreads it over nine months. Fr. Kevin leads the group in prayer, teaching and discussion of the Spiritual Exercises. He also suggests ways that participants can live the retreat each day.


Christmas eBASH is Coming! – November 13-December 10

Save the dates on your calendar now for Christmas eBASH, starting Tuesday, November 13 and running through Monday, December 10! During that time, you will be able to bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties while supporting Creighton Prep! More details will be published by email at the start of Christmas eBASH.


Prep Moms Meeting – Tuesday, November 13

Please note that the next Prep Moms meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room just inside the Heider Center entrance. All Prep parents are welcome to attend. Dean of Students Sterling Brown and Kevin Kaminski, Prep’s licensed mental health practitioner, will be the featured speakers. These meetings are a great way to learn about Prep and to get involved with your time and talent at the school. See you there!


Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day – Saturday, November 17

Help those in need this holiday season through Operation Others by dropping off a frozen turkey of any size on Saturday, November 17 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Creighton Prep (7400 Western Avenue, east parking lot), Skutt Catholic (3131 S. 156 Street) or GolfTEC (362 N. 114 Street, Suite 362). We hope to collect 850 turkeys this year!


Future Family Nights – November 19-December 10

Do you know prospective Prep families who want to learn more about the school? Please let them know about the Future Family Nights scheduled from Monday, November 19 to Monday, December 10 (see schedule below). There, they will learn about the admissions process, testing, scholarship opportunities and financial aid options. They will also hear current students talk about life at Prep and answer questions.

Future Family Nights will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium at Prep on the following days:

  • Monday, November 19
  • Monday, December 3
  • Monday, December 10

To RSVP for a Future Family Night, prospective Prep parents can call the High School Office at 402-393-1256.

For more information, please contact Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at 402-548-3872 or jluedtke@creightonprep.org.


Suicide Prevention and Awareness Presentation for Parents – Tuesday, November 20

Suicide is the leading cause of death in youth between the ages of 15-24, with adolescent males having some of the highest risks. Though suicide is sometimes unpredictable, there are warning signs and processes to discuss with youth.

On Tuesday, November 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm, in the Criss Auditorium, Prep will provide informational training for parents to understand the warning signs and the steps to work to save an individual's life. On that evening, please enter the school on the west side of the building through the Sullivan Center doors.

If you have questions prior to the presentation, Please contact Kevin Kaminski, Prep’s licensed mental health professional, at kkaminski@creightonprep.org.


Operation Others Delivery Weekend – December 20, 21 and 22

Volunteer are needed to set up, pack and deliver food during Operations Others Delivery Weekend, December 20-22. Food bags will be delivered to almost 1,200 materially-poor families. Please meet at the warehouse (location TBA) during that dates and times listed on the tentative schedule below. Follow O.O. on Twitter @operationothers for updates, changes, severe weather announcements, and more. All times are subject to change due to weather and other variables.

Thursday, December 20: Setup day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, December 21: Packing day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 22: Delivery day: Mass at 8 a.m. then deliveries from 9 a.m. until finished, usually around noon.


Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years”


Your Help is Needed to Make it a Success!

The countdown to Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years” on Saturday, April 27 has begun, and your help is needed to make it a success!

The monies raised from BASH are critical to keeping tuition reasonable for everyone and to providing over $2 million in financial assistance annually to nearly half of our students. So please plan to join us on Saturday, April 27 and in all the activities leading up to that date.

A key goal for BASH 2019 is to have more than 900 Prep community members at the event.

As mentioned earlier in this Parent Pulse, we are in need of auction acquisition volunteers. To learn more and to sign up, click HERE.

Executive Committee

The Beach BASH 2019 executive committee includes the following:

Auction Acquisition (silent auction): Carrie Jenkins

Catalog: Michele Zadalis

Decorations: Tiffany Dencklau and Lisa Gravelle (co-chairs)

Logistics: Cathy Goracke

Patron Party: Beth Kramer

Raffle: Jim Naylon '85

Underwriting: Melissa and Patrick Duffy '90

Save the Dates

Auction Acquisition Kickoff

Tuesday, November 27 from 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Online Auctions

Christmas eBASH: Tuesday, November 13-Monday, December 10

eBASH: Friday, March 22-Friday, April 12, 2019  

Patron Party

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Beach BASH 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 (our 49th year)


Prep Notes


Prep Students, Faculty Participate in Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice

A group of Prep students as well as faculty moderators Jonathan Chiacchere and Sara Schulte-Bukowinski joined 1,500 other students and faculty members from fellow Jesuit high schools and Jesuit universities to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from November 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

As part of the event schedule, the Prep contingent traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday, November 5 for Advocacy Day, where they met with staff colleagues of Congressman Don Bacon and Senator Ben Sasse to urge action on immigration and criminal justice reform.

“It was amazing to see our students speak about things that are important to them to those who have power to make change,” said Sara.


Academic Decathlon Team Excels in Lincoln Scrimmage

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team on a fine performance in the Saturday, November 3 scrimmage at Pius X High School in Lincoln. Team members Connor Gregg, Mitchell Finocchiaro and Patrick Rogers medaled in the competition, and Matthew Lemar was the overall top scorer for the squad.


Opportunities for Current Juniors: Summer Service/Immersion Trips

This summer, Campus Ministry will be sponsoring service/immersion trips to the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Rosebud Reservation. These opportunities are open to all current juniors. Students interested in participating should attend an informational meeting during their lunch period on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Criss Auditorium. If they have any questions, they can contact Mr. Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office at dlawler@creightonprep.org.


Christmas Ornaments Now in the Jay Mart

Yes, the Christmas season is on the horizon, and, this year, plan to add a beautiful Creighton Prep ornament from the Jay Mart to your Christmas tree.

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days. Students are welcome to shop the store during their lunch period, and parents, alumni and friends of the school may visit the store by entering the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot.

Please follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. You can also find the store at www.creightonprep.org/jaymart. For questions or additional information regarding the Jay Mart, please contact Stacey Burke at sburke@creightonprep.org.


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Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day – Saturday, November 17
Posted 11/06/2018 10:00AM

Help those in need this holiday season through Operation Others by dropping off a frozen turkey of any size on Saturday, November 17 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Creighton Prep (7400 Western Avenue, east parking lot), Skutt Catholic (3131 S. 156 Street) or GolfTEC (362 N. 114 Street, Suite 362). We hope to collect 850 turkeys this year!

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