Thank you to everyone who took the time over the last week to fill out our feedback form on the first month of school under our pandemic response plan. If you have not had a chance to do so already, we will keep the survey open until Monday morning. Click HERE if you would like to participate and thanks for your thoughtful reflections as we continue to look for ways to adapt and improve over the weeks ahead.
As you know, this last week we witnessed the far-reaching implications that one or two positive cases can have on our programming. A few other large schools have just recently found themselves facing similar circumstances. We think it is important to remind everyone that we work closely with the Douglas County Health Department to help them with their contact tracing investigation and communication, but it is their public health officials who issue quarantine orders, not the school. We are not at liberty to lift or adapt those orders.
It is a good reminder for all of us to continue practicing preventative measures like wearing masks, washing hands, staying six feet apart from others in and out of school, scanning temperatures each morning, and completing our COVID screener before coming to school.
COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATES
Daily Self-Screening Reminders
All students are required to use Creighton Prep's self-screening app every morning prior to coming to school. This should be done under the supervision of a parent when possible.
Ms. Corrigan sent all students an email last week detailing information about the self-screening app. If students have trouble navigating the app or completing the screening please click here to review the information she sent. If you are still having trouble please email our school nurse Ms. Corrigan.
When completing the screening process, students will either receive a green check or red X. Below are details about what students should do when prompted with either of those symbols.
If you receive a green checkmark icon like the one pictured here after completing the self-screening app, then you are ok to attend school that day.
If you receive a red x icon like the one pictured here after completing the self-screening app, you (the student or parent) need to contact the school nurse immediately via email or phone, 402-393-1190. This communication is mandatory.
Weekly COVID-19 Transmission Update
Links to all of the COVID-19 emails sent to parents on our website.
School Calendar through September 18
Please see the school calendar through September 18 below. Wednesday, September 16 is a Mid-Quarter Work Day for faculty. There will be no classes on this day, although teachers may ask to meet with students who need individualized attention and assistance. Students who receive a request to meet with a teacher or counselor on that day should make time to do so.
Eight National Merit Semifinalists Named
Congrats to these eight seniors, who with hard work and probably many late nights studying, were named National Merit Semifinalists: Maximus Lauritsen, Michael Lukaszewicz, Benjamin Lyons, Colin Mahoney, Dominic Mendlik, Jackson Morris, Kevin Prososki and Patrick Rogers. They represent 1% of the 1.6 million students that participated. Finalists will be named in February then a smaller group of those will be announced in the spring as scholarship recipients.
MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER UPDATE
As we know, navigating the world of parenting a teen is not always a piece of cake. Especially when we have to have that awkward conversation that we’ve hoped they have had context with it at school or even on the internet. Yes, we have made strides throughout time in realizing that suicide is a reality that has befallen our society and culture, especially that of our adolescents and young adults. Using the context of culture and society, if your child has a moderate level of social media presence, the likelihood of them knowing of someone considering, attempting to, or successfully taking their own life is likely. Read more and start the conversation with your son.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) allows Creighton Prep to nominate one student in grades 9-12 to receive the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The focus is on young volunteers who have made a positive difference in their community. (Last year’s Nebraska state nominee raised over $72,000 for cancer research by hosting a lemonade stand she created when she was six years old.) Interested students can go to spirit.prudential.com and nassp.org/spirit for more information. Applications are due by November 10, 2020. Winners may earn a $1000 scholarship.
RETREATS & FAITH
Temporary Location for Faces of Christ and Ignatian Service Retreats
This semester's Faces of Christ and Ignatian Service Retreats will be held on selected Tuesday nights at the Food Bank for the Heartland from 4:50-7:15 p.m. Students will help stock, sort, and pack food that will be distributed across the state to those in need of food. All students who signed up to make one of these retreats will be contacted by Mr. Jerry Kinney with more information about a week before their scheduled retreat.
Junior Encounter Retreat - September 25-27
The first Junior Encounter Retreat of the school year will be held at Creighton Prep on September 25, 26, and 27. Please note this retreat will not include any overnight stays. All students making this retreat and their parents/guardians have received an email with more information and a request for parent/guardian participation. Please contact Mr. Jerry Kinney with questions.
Sophomore Pilgrimage - September 25
This first Sophomore Pilgrimage will take place on Friday, September 25. Sophomores scheduled to make this retreat have been contacted by Mr. Kinney. The group will meet at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, IA for a day spent reflecting on the Ignatian theme of finding God in all things. Contact Mr. Jerry Kinney for more information.
FaithCP Website and App
Creighton Prep’s Campus Ministry Department invites you to join us in daily prayer by visiting the FaithCP website or downloading the FaithCP app. FaithCP provides daily scripture readings, reflections, and prayers that are grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
Before & After School Food Offerings
Before school options served from 7-8:30 a.m. include breakfast pizza, hash browns, breakfast croissant sandwiches, and coffee. After school options served from 2:45-3:30 p.m. include pizza, chicken tenders, fries, and cookies. Juice or milk are also available. Items are ala carte and range in price from $2 to $4 each. You can create or reload your MySchoolAccount balance for touchless payment or you can pay with cash.
Get Your 1/4 Zips at the JayMart
The weather is cooling off. Stop by the JayMart on school days from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Check Instagram for the latest sales, events, items and even pop up hours. Feel free to email JayMart Manager Molly Sengstock with questions.
Operation Others Club Service Project - Friday, Sept. 25
The Operation Others Club is hosting a service project on Friday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. We are working with Omaha Against Hunger to package food that will be included in our Operation Others deliveries on December 19. We can take up to 22 volunteers and will be working in the Lannon Learning Commons (indoors and in the outdoor pavilion). Student volunteers should CLICK HERE to sign to participate. Volunteers will be required to social distance and wear masks. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Dave Lawler in Campus Ministry.
Parent Volunteers for Student Council Events
We’re looking for parents to help with several upcoming student events serving food, gloved and masked, and cleaning up after. Please contact Sara Smith if you would like to help.
Latinx Heritage Community Day for Students September 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Football Watch Party - October 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Homecoming Dance Alternative - October 17, Time TBD
Donate to Prep's Sustainability Club Garden
Creighton Prep's Sustainability Club wants to build a garden on campus. The goal is to build two 4' by 8' garden boxes this fall, with the plan to plant in the spring. Thank you for considering to donate any of the items below to help us make this a reality. In addition to the items on the Sign Up, they are in need of a Tool Shed and 2.5 cubic yards of 50% topsoil and 50% compost. If you have a connection to donate these items, please email Tervor Herron, club moderator.
Order through AmazonSmile to Help Prep
When you order through Amazon, go to AmazonSmile to donate 0.5% of your purchase of eligible products to Prep.