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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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George Brett Recalls a Hall of Fame Career at Sports Night
Posted 10/23/2019 04:36PM

Baseball was in the air on September 24 when Kansas City Royals legend and first-ballot Hall of Famer George Brett was the featured speaker at the 28th Annual Sports Night.

During an interview on stage with ESPN baseball analyst Kyle Peterson ‘94, he fondly recalled playing minor league ball for the Omaha Royals 35 years ago when he was paid just $800 a month.

“It was a wonderful experience. It really was,” he said. “I was 19 and played with a lot of guys that had major league experience. They taught me an awful lot about how to conduct my business.”

As one of only five players in Major League Baseball history with 3,000 hits, 300 home runs and a lifetime batting average of .300 or more, he spoke with an intensity that seemed as great as it did in his playing days. Like in the 1980 season, when he tried to become the first player since Ted Williams in 1941 to bat .400.

With two weeks to go, he was hitting .402. “Then I went out and did the one thing I shouldn’t have done: try to hit .400,” he noted. “I tried to pull the ball too much, hit it too hard, hit it too far where before I didn’t care where the hits went.” He finished just short at .390.

What stands out for him the most? Winning the 1985 championship. “When you walk in that locker room after the last game of the World Series and your team’s victorious, everybody in that locker room has the same feeling as everybody else: We did it. It’s a bond that we share forever.”

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