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“Change in the Season … Change in Our Moods” by Kevin Kaminski

This week’s Parent Pulse begins a series of informative postings by Mental Health Practitioner Kevin Kaminski. The first, entitled “Change in the Season … Change in our Moods,” discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder and its symptoms.

To learn more about mental health services at Prep, see our website, contact Kevin by email or call him at 402-393-1190 Ext. 327.


School News


Senior Parents  Order His Cap, Gown and Tassel Before Prices Increase November 22

If you have not yet placed your order at Jostens.com for a “cap & gown unit” that includes a cap, gown and tassel (required for graduation), please do so before prices increase on November 22.

In addition, School Traditions will be at Prep on Tuesday, November 19 during senior lunch to take orders. Questions can be directed to School Traditions at 402-733-0300 on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

If your son is planning to use his brother’s cap, gown and tassel instead, please inform Mrs. Harmon in the High School Office.


Volunteer Opportunities


15-20 More Auction Acquisition Volunteers Needed for BASH 2020

A key element in the success of our annual BASH fundraiser each April is the work done by auction acquisition volunteers in the fall and early winter months prior to the event when they ask businesses and individuals to donate items for the auction. And we are in need of 15-20 more volunteers for this role.

Please consider signing up today by emailing BASH Associate Terri Haller or calling her at 402-548-3845. Terri can also answer any questions you may have.

Then mark your calendar for the Auction Acquisition Kickoff for BASH 2020 that takes place Tuesday, November 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, November 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Creighton Room at Prep. Come by any time during those hours to pick up your donor cards and other information. This should only take 20-30 minutes of your time on one of those days. Thank you!

The auction acquisition executive committee chair and co-chair are Prep moms Denise Barrett and Bridget Tynan.


Eucharistic Adoration - Friday, November 15

You are invited to the Skinner Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on this day to volunteer for an “hour of power” before the Blessed Sacrament. Sign up today

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 chapel.

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. The Eucharistic adoration Friday for next month is December 13.


Readers, Gift Bearer Family and EMHCs Needed for Christmas Midnight Mass

The 2019 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 25. In order to make it a success, Campus Ministry is in need of volunteers for the following ministries: readers, EMHCs, and one family to bring the gifts forward.

This can be a great way for you and your family to celebrate Christmas with other members of the Prep community and to give of your time and talent to the school. If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the aforementioned roles, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry. Thank you!


Events – November 10-12


Pancake Breakfast for Operation Others – This Sunday

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 10 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 – This Sunday

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 10, 2019 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, 2018 and September 30, 2019). 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


Wrestling Open House & Free Clinic – This Sunday

Join the Creighton Prep wrestling community to celebrate the newly renovated wrestling room. The open house runs from 2-2:30 p.m. then a free wrestling clinic for K-12th graders takes place from 2:45-4:15 p.m. The clinic will be directed by Patrick Rollins '10, a former CP state champion wrestler and NCAA tournament qualifier. Register and contact Andrew Fisher with any questions.


CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius Meeting with Joe Ryberg – Monday, November 11

The CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius retreat experience continues its 13th year that evening from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 118 (in the hallway south of the main entrance). Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will direct the meeting, and Academic Principal Joe Ryberg will be the guest speaker.

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 us on the second Monday of each month through May as we pray the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with Fr. Schneider and learn about Ignatian spirituality.


Christmas eBASH is Coming – Tuesday, November 12

Get ready for Christmas eBASH, starting Tuesday, November 12 and running through Monday, December 9! Bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties while supporting CP. Bookmark www.BidPal.net/ChristmaseBASH now!


Events – November 23-December 25


Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day – Saturday, November 23

Help those in need this holiday season through Operation Others by dropping off a frozen turkey of any size that day 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 800 turkeys this year!


Junior Jays-for-Bluejays Pregame Social – Tuesday, December 17

Looking for a great way to enjoy the Christmas season at a fun event downtown? Band together with other Creighton Prep fans and flock to The Blatt at 610 N. 12th Street for a Junior Jays-for-Bluejays pregame social that evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Enjoy beverages and appetizers at The Blatt compliments of Prep then take the short walk over to the CHI Health Center to cheer on our big brother school, Creighton University, in their 7:30 p.m. game against the University of Oklahoma. All alumni, current parents, and friends of Prep are invited. Spread the word!

Go Jays (and Jr. Jays)!


Operation Others Delivery Weekend – December 19-21

Volunteers are needed to set up, pack and deliver food during Operations Others Delivery Weekend. 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 for updates, changes, severe weather announcements, and more. All times are subject to change due to weather and other variables.

  • Thursday, December 19: Setup day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20: Packing day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21: Delivery day: Mass at 8 a.m. then deliveries from 9 a.m. until finished, usually around noon.


Christmas in the Cage – Saturday, December 21

Join us in the Heider Center on Saturday, December 21 for the always-festive Christmas in the Cage event where the Junior Jays nesting in the Birdcage student section cheer on the home team in their holiday garb and entertain the crowd.

On this night, the Creighton Prep JV and varsity basketball teams will play the Navigators from Lincoln North Star, with the JV game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

This is the last home game before the Christmas holidays and a large crowd is expected, so plan to arrive early. See you there!


Christmas Midnight Mass – Wednesday, December 25

The 2019 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 25. As always, this is a special time for the Prep community to come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord.

If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the volunteer roles listed earlier in this Parent Pulse, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry. Thank you!


Prep Notes


Order Online from the CP Holiday Store Through Sunday

If you like Under Armour-branded Prep gear, you can order a selection of it online from the Creighton Prep Holiday Store through Sunday.

Choose from a PREP long-sleeve T-shirt or CP-logoed polo, quarter-zips, jacket and workout shorts. After you order through the site with your credit card, it will be shipped to Jay Mart Manager Molly Sengstock at Prep within 2-4 weeks. You will be notified when it’s ready for pickup. Just in time for Christmas! 


Academic Decathletes Medal at Gross High School Scrimmage

Prep students on the Academic Decathlon excelled at last weekend’s Gross High School scrimmage, including the following medalists. Go, CPAD!


Medal and Subject

Will Bolay

Gold (Math)

Dean Davis   

Silver (Math)

Connor Gregg  

Gold (Math) and highest team scorer 

Charlie Hough

Silver (Math), Bronze (Art)

Nate Limas

Bronze (Math)

Brian Martin

Gold (Math)

Daniel Meyer

Silver (Literature), Silver (Math)

Owen Morrow

Gold (Math), Silver (Literature)

Ryan Plambeck     

Silver (Math)

Michael Rowe

Bronze (Math)

Paul Szalewski

Silver (Math)


Buy Nothing Bundt Cakes to Support the Football Booster Club

If you like a sweet dessert, buy Nothing Bundt Cakes on the Prep website until Monday. Twenty percent of the sale proceeds go to support the football booster club. Contact Molly Sengstock with any questions.


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The October 11 Parent Pulse
Posted 10/11/2019 01:51PM

School News


PSAT Testing for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors – Wednesday, October 16

Students must report to their Community Period room by 8 a.m. that day with two #2 pencils. No mechanical pencils are allowed, but they are allowed to use a calculator during some portions of the exam. It will conclude at 11:45 a.m.

Students received preparation materials in their Community Periods earlier in the month.


Quarter Progress Reports Available Thursday, October 17

These reports, which note academic grades, effort grades and other general comments about your son’s progress, will be available on PowerSchool by the end of that day.

To access his report:

If you need help accessing PowerSchool, please contact the High School Office.

There is still plenty of time for improvement and growth. These reports are a snapshot at this point in the semester and are not recorded on transcripts.

If your son is struggling in any way, let his teachers and counselor know of your questions and concerns, and encourage him to see his teachers for help or talk with his counselor.


Parent-Teacher Conferences – October 24-25 

These five-minute conferences are opportunities for brief check-ins on your son’s progress. Plan to meet your son’s teachers in the Heider Center on either the 24th from 5-8 p.m. on the 25th from 9 a.m-12 p.m. The Friday morning session tends to be less crowded.

See more about Parent-Teacher Conferences here, including tips on how to prepare.


Volunteer Opportunities


Help with Parent-Teacher Conferences Goodie Bags for Prep Faculty

The Prep Moms organization needs donations for goodie bags that will be given to the Prep faculty. Each bag will contain items such as bottled water, candy, a granola bar, fresh fruit and a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Register to donate items and/or assemble the bags. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Royal.


Volunteer for BASH 2020

Commit now to be one of the 500 volunteers who will make our 50th BASH fundraiser a success on Saturday, April 25 for the students who rely on financial assistance to attend Prep. 

Soon, we’ll need lots of parents to help with acquiring auction items. Later in January, to sell raffle tickets, help with decorations and write descriptions for the catalog. In late April, to set up auction items, serve drinks at the event, and help with tear-down and cleanup

This is a great way to give back to Prep and meet great people!


Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration

One Friday a month, parents are invited to the Skinner Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to volunteer for an “hour of power” before the Blessed Sacrament. Sign up today! 

On those days, 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 chapel.

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way.


Events – October 12-18


Homecoming Dance for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors – Tomorrow

The Student Council will host the homecoming dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. in the commons. The theme is Harry Potter. Cost: $20 for a single-person ticket or $30 for a two-person ticket if purchased in advance. At the door of the dance, a single-person ticket costs $30 and a two-person ticket costs $40.

Today, tickets are on sale in two locations:

  • Student Activities Office (Room 002) until 5 p.m.
  • Switchboard (near the Administration entrance) until 2:45 p.m.

Cash, debit/credit card or check accepted for payment. 

  • Checks should be payable to Creighton Prep. 
  • Debit/credit card payment is available in the Student Activities Office. 
  • Tickets purchased online must be picked up in the Student Activities Office.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors from Marian, Mercy, and Duchesne can attend the dance without a Prep host and purchase a single-person ticket at any of the three locations.

Students and their guests should review the Homecoming Dress Code and Behavior Guidelines prior to the dance. Please also see responses to Frequently Asked Questions.


Omaha National College Fair – Sunday, October 13

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling is hosting the fair at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Students should register here and print a bar code ahead of time.


College Admissions Counselor Visits – October 14-18

Interested juniors and seniors need to notify their teachers in advance that they will be missing class. They are also responsible for the material covered while they are away from class.

All meetings will be held in the office of Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark unless otherwise noted. 

Monday, October 14

7:30 a.m. Clemson University

12:35 p.m. Missouri University of Science and Technology

Tuesday, October 15  

7:45 a.m. University of Kansas

12:35 p.m. Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, October 17

12:35 p.m. Savannah College of Art and Design

Friday, October 18

12:35 p.m. University of Illinois at Chicago


CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius Meeting and Jim Bopp – Monday, October 14

Join the CP PPWI group from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 118. Director of Adult Spirituality, Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ, will direct the meeting, and Head of School Jim Bopp will be the guest speaker. All CP parents are welcome!

The group meets on the second Monday of each month to pray the Spiritual Exercises and learn about Ignatian spirituality and how to live an Ignatian retreat each day.


Prep Moms Fall Social – Wednesday, October 16

All parents of sons currently attending Prep are invited. Meet other parents and reunite with friends!

  • 7-9 p.m. in the commons
  • Wine, appetizers and desserts
  • Casual dress

Questions? Contact Lisa Gravelle.


Events – October 19-November 5


7th Annual CP Corporate Trap Shoot – Saturday, October 19

The annual corporate fundraiser for the CP trap program will also include a raffle and auction items. Sponsorship packages are available, too. Cost is $695 per five-person team. 

See more information here or, to register a team, email Emily Lischer or call 801-819-3735. 


Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast – Sunday, October 20

Would you like some quality time with your son? And the chance to meet or catch up with his friends and their moms around a Mass with great music and a meal? Then plan now to attend the Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast.

This special occasion is for Prep moms and sons of all faiths. Students may also bring a sister, aunt, grandmother or sit with a friend and his mom.

  • Sunday, October 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel and Conference Center
  • Windsor Ballroom
  • 12520 Westport Parkway
  • $22 per person

RSVP online by October 16 OR send a check payable to Creighton Prep 7400 Western Avenue Omaha NE 68114-1878 and include the names of those in your party and the class years of Prep students or alumni.

Email Grace Cominoli with questions or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 401.


Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 23

Celebrate with the Prep community at the 2019 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction. On that night, the following will be honored in the Sullivan Center:

  • Sword of St. Ignatius – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
  • Alumnus of the Year – Patrick J. Duffy ‘90
  • Ancilla Domini – Karen Van Dyke
  • Hall of Fame – Robert J. “Bob” Carlisle ‘76
  • Hall of Fame – Cindy Heider

$60 per person. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 followed by dinner at 7.

Make your reservations today and see the names of former honorees

Email Grace Cominoli with questions or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 401.


Moms Gone Shopping Trip – Thursday, October 24

Are you looking for a fall day away? This shopping trip has been a hit with Prep moms for years, and is a great way to meet new friends while supporting the school. Originally sold as an eBASH item in the spring, there are still some spaces available. Reserve yours today! $125 per person.


Fall Band Concert – Tuesday, November 5

The Creighton Prep Concert Band invites you to “One Giant Leap,” their fall concert program in the commons starting at 7 p.m. Musical selections will tell the story of America's race to the moon and will include works by composers Erik Morales, Ola Gjielo and Michael Sweeney, and the band Led Zeppelin.


Prep Notes


Tennis Wins Metro Title, Six Named to All-Academic Team

Congratulations to the tennis team on their win at the Metro Conference championships on Thursday. Highlights included victories by Gavin Forster at No. 2 singles and by Daniel Kowal and Josh Morales at No.2 doubles.

Six team members were also named to the Metro All-Academic team. Congratulations, Andrew Doehner, Gavin Forster, Daniel Kowal, Mac Nelson, Josh Morales and Nathan Ramachandran. The honor goes to current sophomores, juniors and seniors who carry a cumulative 3.5 GPA, are members or this year's or last year's tournament teams, and are positive contributors to their teams.

“At Prep, we have outstanding athletes, but we emphasize the student part of student-athlete and these tennis players are a great example of that,” said Coach Kowal.


Ugly Christmas in the Cage Sweater Sale

Get ready for Christmas in the Cage and the holiday season with an ugly sweater that's bright, bold and ... beautiful? You'll be the talk of the block with one of these. And stand out in the Heider Center crowd on Saturday evening, December 21.

Choose from the two styles shown above and sizes from Adult X-Small to Adult 3-XLarge. If ordering for a child, choose Adult X-Small. $40 each.

Order now through Friday, October 25th. You'll receive an email in mid-December letting you know it's ready for pickup. Questions? Contact Mr. Dan Kennedy, SJ.

Merry Christmas!


Buy Nothing Bundt Cakes to Support the Football Booster Club

If you like a sweet dessert, buy Nothing Bundt Cakes on the Prep website until November 11. Twenty percent of the sale proceeds go to support the football booster club. Contact Molly Sengstock with any questions.


Interested in Joining our Facilities Maintenance Team?

We’re looking for a full-time team member to work the afternoon shift to perform general maintenance: electrical, plumbing, cleaning, drywall, painting and light mechanical. Learn more about the position and apply.


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