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THE March 27th PARENT PULSE

 

WEEKLY UPDATE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL, JIM BOPP

It would be impossible for me to overstate how proud I am of the entire Prep community. Our faculty and staff have done a remarkable job rebuilding the airplane while flying it. Students have taken their part in this work seriously, as well, which is the best fuel for our teachers’ ambitions. And parents have become even greater partners for us in our mission to educate and form our students. The dean’s office and counselors are especially grateful for all that parents are doing to help them in their work. 

After a week of conferencing with principals from other schools around the region, it is clear that we have become a model for many other schools who have asked to consult with us on a wide variety of issues, allowing us the opportunity to act as a force multiplier for the common good. I conclude this first week of being an entirely online school leader with a deep sense of gratitude and respect for everyone’s efforts.

I wish that I could segue into an optimistic announcement about returning to regular life in the near future, but that is not the forecast we have received from the Governor, the Nebraska Department of Education, or our local health officials. Instead, state officials have recommended that all schools make plans to finish the year with their students learning from home. All of us are holding out hope that this will not be the case, but it is only prudent for us to begin to plan for this likely outcome. To that end, I would like to share the following:

  • We have developed some guidelines for online learning for parents and students that will serve as an update to the Student-Parent Handbook. More details below.

  • In an effort to ensure all students’ needs are being addressed, we have created a Student Support Services Call Team that will reach out to every family through a phone call to check-in with each of our students. More details below.

  • We will be creating a revised calendar that will take us through the end of this school year using our online learning schedule. We expect to release that to everyone early next week. 

  • We are working on new student activities and campus ministry programming that will create opportunities for students to engage in the types of formative experiences that foster the sense of brotherhood, servant leadership, and fun that are all hallmarks of the Prep experience. Information will be made available to students via daily announcement emails.

  • We are developing plans to provide special opportunities for seniors to celebrate and commemorate the conclusion of their experience as Prep students and will communicate those plans once they are solidified.

Please keep in mind that teachers and counselors want nothing more than to care for their students. The limitations of online learning make this quite a challenge because they are not able to pick up on all the nonverbal cues they used to have access to. If your student is struggling, please make sure that he lets his teachers and counselor know that. And if he does not, please feel encouraged to do so for him.

We have all been asked to make some pretty substantial sacrifices. I found this recent letter from Dr. Daniel Johnson, Prep grad and current UNMC critical care doctor, an important reminder of what we are trying to do together as a community. I think it is worth reading and discussing with your family.

Thank you for your continued efforts and ongoing partnership. The Prep community is only growing stronger as we face these challenges together.

COVID-19 AND ONLINE LEARNING UPDATES 

Student Support Services Call Team

Starting next week, staff members from the Prep Student Support Services Call Team will be calling all parents to find out how our students are dealing with the move to online learning. We want to check on our families, make sure they are okay during this time of transition, and identify where we can provide support. We will begin calling freshmen and work our way up toward seniors and we expect it to take about two weeks to get in touch with every family. If you have anything you need us to address, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time.

Handbook Updates

Please review our Online Learning Plan: Guideline for Students and Parents found here. This document serves as an update to our Student-Parent Handbook and outlines some important changes to policies and procedures for our online experience. Mr. Brown sent this document in an email to all students with a request to review, as well. 

School Calendar Changes and Updates 

The school calendar has been updated through April 17. We will have a new calendar available next week that outlines the schedule for the remainder of the year working under the presumption that we will finish the school year via online learning.

The Student and COVID 19: Depression and the Impact on the Individual

Kevin Kaminski, Prep’s mental health practitioner, offers some tips on how to help ourselves and others to reduce the risks of depression during this time of social distancing.

Trying Times: And the Impact of E-Learning and Screen Time

We all know the significant impact technology and screen time has had on this current generation but this has become compounded with our current situation. “Screenagers” founder Dr. Delaney Ruston, MD can help you navigate the tech boundaries that we all need through Tech-Talk Tuesdays. 

Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary

comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents. 

BASH 2020 UPDATE

For 49 consecutive years, we have hosted BASH, our annual dinner and auction, to help provide financial assistance to deserving young men who would not otherwise be able to attend Prep.  

While our 50th BASH will be different, it will happen! Prep's VIRTUAL BASH 2020 will include an online auction and sponsor recognition, raffle drawing and raise the paddle. 

Watch for an email from Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ on Monday with more details!

STUDENT NEWS

Winter Season Academic All-State 

Congratulations to the following Creighton Prep students for being named Academic All-State in their respective activities:

  • Swimming: Daniel Peery ‘20 and Ethan Schmaderer ‘20

  • Basketball: Brendan Buckley ‘21 and Spencer Schomers ‘20

  • Speech: Dominic Mendlik ‘21 and Nathaniel Reyes ‘21

  • Wrestling: Francisco Beccerra ‘21 and Tony Pray ‘22

PRAYER RESOURCES

Daily Student Prayer

Today's Morning Prayer comes to us from our very own James Chapman ‘20. Thank you James for putting this together and representing Prep well!

Other CP Prayer Opportunities:

SCHOOL NEWS

Registration Fee 2020-2021

The registration fee for the 2020-2021 school year has been billed to all families and is due April 15. If you have any questions, please email Debbie Novotny or call her at 402-548-3849

2020-2021 School Calendar
We’ve officially released the calendar of events for the school, Advancement and Prep Community events for the 2020-2021 school year. You can download this PDF for your reference and also find it on the website.

January Prep Pulse
Posted 01/15/2020 03:31PM


Jesuit Reflection

A new decade brings mixed emotions. We become aware that time is passing—and passing quickly: has it really already been twenty years since Y2K? But seeing the zero digit at the end of the year also gives us the opportunity for a new beginning—an opportunity to do something new and to be something new.

As Christians, we begin this new year—and new decade—having just celebrated Christmas. The holidays are a nostalgic time of looking back. But Christmas is also a celebration of newness, as we ponder the coming of a newborn child. This child Jesus we believe is God come among us as a human being. Here we encounter the truly new: God breaking into our world. The early Church father St. Irenaeus of Lyons summed this up wonderfully: “Christ brought all newness in bringing himself.”

God, being eternal, is the source of all that is new. Apart from God, the world is old and tired. History can seem like an interminable series of reruns: the actors playing the characters are swapped in and out, and occasionally new props are added, but the script never changes, as the same stale drama of sin and heartbreak plays out generation after generation. Christ’s coming into the world breaks this cycle. Or better, it opens it up from within, infusing each human life with meaning, purpose, and the freshness that comes only from God.

We are created for eternity, and so our hearts long for newness. The world capitalizes on this: it promises us novelty, and so traps us in a mindless cycle of compulsively checking our phones for new messages, of tuning into the twenty-four hour news cycle, and of wanting the latest in fashion, gossip, or sports. But of course none of this every satiates our thirst for newness. Jesus Christ does, for he himself is the one generated anew for all eternity, coming forth from the Father in perpetual love.

Jesus says to us, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). No matter the failings of 2019, and no matter the difficulties of the 2010s, turning the calendar offers us a fresh start if we embark on this new year and new decade with God. Let us pray for the grace to do so.


Fr Vince Strand, SJ taught at Creighton Prep from 2010-2013, and is currently in doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame.

 

School News


2020 Loyola Scholars Nomination Season Open Now

The 2020 Loyola Scholars nomination season began on January 8 and will continue through March 8. 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. 

Fifth grade males meeting the following criteria can be placed in nomination by the student's elementary school principal, teacher, counselor, pastor or director of religious education, or employee of another educational, community-based organization via the nomination form located at www.creightonprep.org/loyolascholars/nomination. Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled fifth-grade male.

  • Demonstrates good academic ability in class and on standardized tests.

  • Possesses motivation, a desire for academic achievement and shows leadership potential.

  • Household demonstrates significant financial need (guidelines similar to free or reduced lunch eligibility).

  • Family support of education and faith-centered child development.

Application packets for Loyola Scholars go out 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 email Director of Loyola Scholars Jeni Martinez or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 3405.


The West Entrance to Prep is the School’s New Main Entrance

With the Lannon Learning Commons now open:

  • The Sullivan Center entrance on the west side is now Prep’s new main entrance.

  • Reserved visitor parking is available at the west entrance.

  • The High School Office and others have moved to the new addition.


Speakers Excel in Two Tournaments

Congratulations to speech team members Dominic Mendlik and Jimmy Miller on winning two medals each at a Lincoln Southeast speech competition and to the debate team on their third place in the team sweepstakes at a Millard South tournament. Patrick Kealey and Jack McNally have also won medals recently.


Swim and Dive Team Wins at Millard South, Second in Minnesota

Prep swimming and diving continued its fine season with a win over Millard South on Tuesday where automatic state meet cuts were achieved by Rush Clark in the 200 individual medley and John Watson in the 200 free. 

On Saturday, the team was second in the Gold Division at the Maroon & Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota. Highlights included a meet record of 1:33.40 in the medley relay by Ben Ravnsborg, Drew Kaelin, Rush Clark and Andrew Hood. The following also swam to automatic state qualifying times: Luke Muse in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, John Watson in the 200 individual medley, and Rush Clark in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.


Basketball Team Second in Metro Holiday Tournament

The Prep basketball team had a great run in the annual tournament at Ralston Arena, finishing second to Millard North in the final. Brendan Buckley had 20 points and AJ Rollins had 18 to lead the Junior Jays. The next game is tonight at Westside at 7:15


Christmas in the Cage 2019 Entertains Large Crowd

The annual Christmas in the Cage event produced by the students was once again an entertaining experience for the nearly standing-room-only crowd in the Heider Center on Saturday, December 21.

Highlights included the festive costumes worn by Prepsters in the Joseph G. Ries Birdcage and a halftime basketball game between students dressed as Christmas presents and members of the Nativity scene. The varsity basketball game was a thrilling, come-from-behind overtime win by Prep over Lincoln North Star,


Operation Others a Success Once Again

Thanks to everyone in the Prep community who helped set up, pack and deliver Operation Others food bags to approximately 1,200 materially-poor families during the 2019 Delivery Weekend (December 19-21). The food was distributed from Prep to a number of Omaha area ZIP codes.

Students from all eight Omaha Catholic high schools, alumni, parents, former Operation Others Core Team members and friends helped during Delivery Weekend. Donations of time, money and other resources were critical to the event’s success, too.

“We are grateful to all those who helped with this year's effort,” said Operation Others Director Jerry Kinney ‘95. “Thanks especially to all the young people on the Core Team who give so much of their time and energy to make Christmas a bit brighter for materially-poor Omaha families.”

 

Football Players Collect Postseason Honors

Congratulations to the following varsity football players on their postseason honors:

Name

Position  

Honor(s)

Mason Armstead  

Wide Receiver 

All-State Honorable Mention, All-Metro 2nd Team, Academic All-Metro Offense

Alex Bullock

Defensive Back  

All-State Honorable Mention, All-Metro 2nd Team, Academic All-Metro Defense

John Coniglio

Quarterback

All-State Honorable Mention, All-Metro Honorable Mention

Pat Foley 

Punter

All-State, All-Metro 1st Team, Academic All-Metro Offense

Will Manhart

Tight End

All-Metro Honorable Mention

Ryan McDonnell

Defensive End 

All-Metro Honorable Mention

Tommy Militti

Linebacker

All-Metro Honorable Mention

Tobey Okafor

Defensive Back

All-Metro Honorable Mention

Nasire Perry

Defensive Tackle

All-State Honorable Mention, All-Metro 2nd Team

Keyshawn Pettis    

Defensive Tackle    

All-Metro Honorable Mention

AJ Rollins

Tight End

All-Metro Honorable Mention

Tommy Slattery

Offensive Guard

All-Metro Honorable Mention

 

Volunteer Opportunities


Eucharistic Adoration – Friday, January 17

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 west lot and enter through the Sullivan Center 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 next Eucharistic adoration Friday is February 21.


Serve in the Alumni Volunteer Corps During the 2020-2021 School Year

The Alumni Volunteer Corps (AVC) is an opportunity for Creighton Prep graduates who have recently graduated from college to once again become involved in the school. It provides them the opportunity to use their gifts to serve within the Prep community over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year.

This is ideal for Prep grads who would like to do real and meaningful work as teachers, coaches, tutors, etc., helping current Prep students become men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service. A year in the AVC is also a great opportunity for alumni to gain valuable work experience as they discern the next steps in their lives as Men for Others.

“The AVC program has reinforced the values I learned as a student at Prep. It has opened my eyes to how many ways Prep prepared me for life after high school, and how the school continues to expand its services for current and incoming students.” — Will Hausman ‘14, former Alumni Volunteer Corps member

Prep graduates interested in serving in the AVC during the next school year can visit www.creightonprep.org/avc today to learn more.


Help Make BASH is Golden a Success for Prep Students

 

Bash Is Golden "Celebrating 50 Years of Building A Scholastic Heritage" will be held in the Heider Center at Creighton Prep on Saturday, April 25, just 101 days away as of Wednesday, January 15.

  • The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone and to provide $2.5 million annually in financial assistance to approximately 52 percent of our students.

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

How can you participate?

Donate an Auction Item

Donate a gift or make a monetary donation to support the live auction, silent auction or eBASH (online) auction. Gifts of all varieties and sizes are needed and appreciated! Popular gift categories include:

  • Electronics 

  • Home items 

  • Jewelry

  • Kitchenware 

  • Vacation homes 

  • Themed gift baskets 

  • Gift certificates

Donate a gift on your own or go in with other families for a larger item.

To donate an auction item, email Amy Knight or click HERE. The auction donation deadline is February 10.

If you’re unsure what to donate, members of the BASH team have created a SignUpGenius page to make it easy for you. Click HERE to get started!

Attend the Patron Party

  • Saturday, April 4 at the home of Prep parents Missi and John Schembari. 

  • A great event where Prep supporters gather in advance of BASH. 

  • Details on registering will be communicated in a future Parent Pulse.

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 go on sale January 25. 

  • Contact Amy Knight for more info.

Purchase a Catalog Advertisement

  • Advertise your business in our BASH Is Golden 2020 catalog.

  • A variety of opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes.

  • Click HERE to purchase a catalog advertisement. 

  • The catalog advertising deadline is March 16.

Volunteer

  • We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make BASH a success.

  • Get involved at Prep and meet great people!

  • Sign up now

  • If you have questions, email Amy Knight or call 402-548-3858.

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.


Upcoming Events


Palm Desert Area Regional Gathering – Tuesday, January 28

Fr. Tom Neitzke will be visiting with alumni, past parents and friends that evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Thunderbird Country Club in Ranch Mirage, California. If you live nearby or are visiting the area and would like to attend, register today at CreightonPrep.org/Gatherings

You can also register at the site for a San Francisco gathering on January 30 and a Washington, D.C. gathering on March 11.


Register for CP Trivia Night – Friday, February 21

Register your table of eight now for this fun annual event in the commons! (Cost: $240.)

  • Social hour at 6 p.m.; questions at 7 p.m.

  • Participants must be 21.

  • Festive tables and costumes highly encouraged but not required. (No decorations beyond the sides of the table or obscuring views of the podium.)

  • Bring your own food and beverages. (A small supply of beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.)

  • Seating limited to the first 50 teams that have paid in full.

Email Nolan Searl ’09 or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 3312 for more information.


6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, February 22

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, February 22 at Creighton Prep. The cost is $10, and parents can register their sons and pay online HERE.

On the day of the exam, students should bring two #2 pencils (no calculators) and enter the building from the west parking lot. Students may arrive for check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. At 7:45 a.m., they will be directed to a classroom where testing will begin at 8 a.m. Parents can pick up students in the west parking lot starting at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Email Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, with any questions or call him at 402-393-1256.


Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony – Monday, March 9

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 9, you are cordially invited to the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony in the Sullivan Center, recognizing the 2020 Hall of Fame honorees:

Athletes

Joe George '68

Jim Jacobsen '69

John Bendon '78 +

Greg Barrios '86

Coach

Tom Beck ‘84

Contributor

Russ Kreikemeier

Teams

1980 Football Team

1981 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 $60 per person. Click HERE to register.

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


eBASH 2020 – March 27-April 17

eBASH 2020, running from Friday, March 27 to Friday, April 17, is your opportunity to participate in BASH Is Golden 2020 without leaving the comfort of your home. Bid online for Creighton Prep items and ticket opportunities in the days leading up to BASH Is Golden 2020 on Saturday, April 25! You're guaranteed to find great, unique items while supporting Prep.

Additional details on eBASH 2019 will be communicated at a later date. For questions about eBASH 2019 in the meantime, please email Stephanie Kremla Heng or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 3398. 


Alumni Notes


Please Remember – Obituaries for the Month of December

Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted here. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive more obituary information, please contact Terri Haller.


Support Coaches vs. Cancer

Creighton Prep is pleased once again to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign throughout the month of January to benefit the American Cancer Society. Donate online to help this worthy cause. Thank you!

 

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