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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.

Parent Pulse - March 6
Posted 03/06/2020 03:36PM

STUDENT NEWS 

Swim & Dive Team Sets Historic Record at State

Congratulations to Prep’s swimmers and divers for their record-breaking performance as they won a 14th consecutive state title -- the most of any NSAA sport in any division. Prep finished 46 points ahead of runner-up Westside. 

Rush Clark ‘20 was voted Boys Swimmer of the Meet after winning all of his events and re-breaking his own state record in the 100 butterfly. Danny Perry ‘20 won the 200 freestyle. The 200 free relay won with Danny Perry, Andrew Hood ‘21, Drew Kaelin ‘21, and Ethan Schmaderer ‘20. Winning the 400 free relay (second fastest time in state history) was Rush Clark, Danny Perry, Andrew Hood, and Ben Ravnsborg ‘21. John Watson ‘23 also won medals in the 200 IM and 500 free.

National Speech and Debate Finalists

Dominic Mendlik ‘21 won two awards in regional speech competition and has qualified for the National Forensic League/National Speech & Debate Association's Grand Nationals this June in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nate Reyes ‘21 also qualified for that tournament.

Basketball Wins District Championship

The varsity basketball team beat Grand Island in overtime to win the district championship. Come cheer on the Jr. Jays at their 59th appearance at state as they take on Westside on Thursday, March 12 at 3:45 p.m. in Lincoln. 


SCHOOL NEWS 

Quarter Progress Reports Available Tuesday, March 10

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 the day on March 10.

To access his report:

  • Log in to PowerSchool.

  • Click on Grade History at left.

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 – March 18 

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 Wednesday, March 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. See more about Parent-Teacher Conferences here, including tips on how to prepare.

Senior Retreat Information 

Parents and guardians of students who have signed up for the 2020 Senior Retreat have received an email with details about the retreat. If you have any additional questions, please contact Jerry Kinney. The retreat takes place on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at the home of a senior parent and continues on Friday, March 27 from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at Prep. This is not an overnight retreat. The theme of this year’s retreat is “On the Road to Emmaus.”

Student Film Festival - March 20

Creighton Prep Film and Photo Club is hosting a student film festival on Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the new art gallery. There will be a red carpet, blue Oscar trophies, gift card prizes and more. 

Concessions Supervisor Needed

Prep is looking for someone to supervise and operate the concessions stand during the soccer and lacrosse seasons. This is a paid position. If you or someone you know is interested, please email Dan Schinzel or call him at 402-393-1190. 

4th Quarter Alpha Youth Program

Campus Ministry is inviting freshmen and sophomores to participate in the Alpha Youth program on Wednesdays after school at 2:55-4 p.m. during the fourth quarter. Alpha Youth is an interactive series exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each meeting includes a meal, a talk and discussion. It is meant to help young people explore questions surrounding faith.

If your son would like to participate, contact Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office, and he will follow up with your son to invite him to be a part of the fourth quarter group.

Pray this Lent with Prep’s FaithCP App 

Consider making daily prayer and Creighton Prep a part of your Lenten journey by visiting FaithCP or downloading our FaithCP prayer app.  


UPCOMING EVENTS & IMPORTANT DATES

  • Spring Break - March 9-13

  • Athletic Hall of Fame - March 9 - tickets available online

  • Siena/Francis House Volunteer Opportunity - March 10th 

  • Quarter Progress Reports Available - March 10

  • State Basketball Game - Thursday, March 12 at 3:45 p.m. in Lincoln

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - March 18

  • Student Film Festival - March 20, 5-8 p.m.

CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius Meeting - Monday, March 16

The CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius retreat experience continues its 13th year Monday, March 16 from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 118 located on the first floor of Creighton Prep in the hallway south of the east entrance. Director of Adult Spirituality, Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ, will direct the meeting as we continue our walk through Lent.

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 once a month as we 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 will lead the group in prayer, teaching and discussion of the Spiritual Exercises. He will also suggest ways that participants can live the retreat each day. If you would like to join the group for any or all of the monthly meetings, plan on the second Monday of each month from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. September through May.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Siena/Francis House Volunteer Opportunity - March 10th 

Campus Ministry will be serving the evening meal at the Siena/Francis House on Tuesday, March 10th from 4:30-7 p.m. If your son would like to volunteer, please contact Dave Lawler. Transportation is available – a school van will depart Prep at 4 p.m. and return by 7:30 p.m.    

Post Prom Committee Needs Your Help

It's almost here. Prep Family Association is moving Post Prom to Prep for the FIRST time ever!  We need your help. Our goal is to keep the boys safe on Prom night – AND, boys will not need to attend Post Prom with a date. Take a look at the list of items the committee is working to collect. Any donation, regardless of amount is greatly appreciated.


Help Make BASH Is Golden a Success

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 50 days away as of today.

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. Plus, BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community.

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!

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