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THE MAY 22nd PARENT PULSE

SENIOR UPDATES

Senior Tribute Video 

To commemorate our graduates, we created a video slideshow complete with all of the input they provided about their post-graduation plans and photos. Read the seniors’ thoughts as they share their special memories and proudest moments at Prep. Congratulations Class of 2020! 

Graduation Ceremony on Friday, July 31

The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony is set to take place at CHI Health Center Arena on Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. More information will come as we get closer to the date. An important reminder that we need all graduates to fill out this form ASAP to help us prepare for the ceremony.

SCHOOL NEWS

Summer Communication

This is the last Parent Pulse for the 2019-2020 school year although we will send communication as needed throughout the summer. 

Summer Reading Book Delivered to Students

The all-school summer reading book “24th and Glory: The Intersection of Civil Rights and Omaha's Greatest Generation of Athletes.” The book is written by Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald and they will be mailing it to each student sometime soon. Also, students may want to use this helpful study guide that will help students focus as they read. 

Final Grades 

Final grades for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be posted to PowerSchool by the end of the day today. 

The Jaymart is OPEN! 

Please follow us on Instagram for pop-up summer hours or feel free to email Molly Sengstock for personal shopping times. We will ask you to please wear a mask when entering the building and maintain a proper distance. We will be wiping down counters, credit cards and pens. Shopping is limited to 5 people in the store at a time. Please park on the east side and go in the doors to the Hider Center. We can't wait to see you in the Jaymart!

COVID-19 AND ONLINE LEARNING UPDATES 

Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary

comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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. 

Parent Pulse - April 24
Posted 04/24/2020 11:51AM

JOIN US ON SATURDAY FOR OUR VIRTUAL BASH 2020 EVENT DAY!

To support Prep through VIRTUAL BASH 2020:

  • Raise the paddle to donate.

  • Browse and bid on a great selection of auction items.

  • If you want to receive a single-click link to the event on your mobile device, text “BASH” to 243725. Message and data rates may apply.

  • View the online catalog of supporters, including all of our advertisers, HERE.

  • Buy a raffle ticket via credit card on Saturday, April 25 at the Prep website for a chance to win $10,000. Purchase before 5 p.m. using the link emailed to you that morning.

Now more than ever, we truly need your support and greatly appreciate all you are able to do during VIRTUAL BASH 2020. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Amy Knight, director of events, or call her at 402.670.4774. 

COVID-19 AND ONLINE LEARNING UPDATES

Mid-Quarter Progress Reports Now Available

Academic progress reports are now available on PowerSchool. If you need help accessing PowerSchool, please contact the High School Office.

To access your son’s report:

If your son is struggling academically, please review any comments on the progress report for guidance. Additionally, encourage him to stay engaged, complete work, and use class time as well as online office hours for additional help. We are grateful for your increased level of partnership as we work to keep our students moving forward with their academics. Your son’s teachers and counselor are available to help. Please do not hesitate to contact them with any questions or concerns you might have. 

Fitness from Home

Prep’s Director of Athletics Dr. Dan Schinzel has responded to requests to provide students with the framework to encourage them to pursue physical fitness during this time of being more isolated and sedentary. Physical exercise not only helps students with their physical health but it also can help provide an increased sense of mental wellness. Here is the Fitness Initiative exercise plan and a handy Workout Log to track progress. 

Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary

A comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents. 

SENIOR UPDATES

Senior Parents - Important Email

Senior parents, please be sure to check your inboxes for an important email from Jim Bopp that was sent during the morning on Friday, April 24. There are some time-sensitive action items to address.

Senior Retreat on May 5-7

Dear Parents/ Guardians of Seniors on the Emmaus Retreat: 

Although this will not be the retreat experience the Seniors were hoping to have, I am happy to say that we will hold this year's Emmaus Retreat online via Zoom May 5-8. The gentlemen will enjoy a chance to get together, pray, reflect, and chat virtually. I am writing to give you an overview of the schedule and to invite you to the closing mass (via Zoom) on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m

Tuesday, May 5

  • 7:00 p.m. Large Group Time (Zoom link to be sent to students later)
  • 8:00 p.m. Small Group Time-with chosen Prep F/S member (A separate Zoom link to be sent later by your chosen F/S member for this part of the retreat only)

Wednesday, May 6

  • 7:00 pm Large Group Time (Zoom link to be sent to students later)
  • *8:15 p.m. (approx). Small Group Time (via Zoom breakout rooms)

Thursday, May 7

  • 7:00 p.m. Large Group Time (Zoom link will be sent to students later)
  • *8:15 p.m. (approx) Small Group Time (via Zoom breakout rooms)

Friday, May 8  Parents/Families/Guardians: Please join us for the retreat's closing mass. 

  • 7:00 p.m. Zoom Mass with Fr. Kevin (Zoom link will be sent later)
  • 8:00 p.m. (approx.) End of the retreat

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am grateful that we have this opportunity to gather with our seniors as they share their faith and community with one another. 

Sincerely,

Jerry Kinney

Retreat Coordinator

Monday Night Lights

Just two more Mondays left to enjoy the lights at Jurgensen Park from 8 to 8:20 pm - that's 20:20 in military time - to support Prep's Class of 2020. Monday Night Lights last lighting is May 4. Please enjoy the lights from afar and practice social distancing. 

STUDENT NEWS

Academic All-American Gymnasts

Sophomores Paul Lampert (left) and John Wear (right) were recently named Academic All-Americans for Men’s USAG Gymnastics. These boys practice gymnastics for four hours a day, five days a week, all year round and still manage to earn good grades. 

Minecraft Prom

Not wanting to miss prom, these enterprising Prep students created a virtual Minecraft prom complete with an invitation video and prom day game. KETV recently featured Simon Podliska '21, Jack McNally '22 and Isaiah Griffith '21 in a story about their efforts to find a way to experience prom in spite of a pandemic and connect with their friends.

SCHOOL NEWS

Distance Yourself 5K on April 24-26 

Student Council will host a virtual “Distance Yourself” 5K race on the weekend of April 24 to the 26 with the top 20 individuals winning a limited edition Distance Yourself 5K t-shirt. 

We encourage everyone to get off the couch and get outside for a walk, jog, or run next weekend for 3.1 miles (or 5 kilometers). It is free to participate, and we encourage families to participate together. Participants should follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing.  

To participate in the race, an individual or family would need to email Mrs. Madeleine Morelli before Sunday, April 26 at 5 PM with the following items:

  • A video or picture of the individual or group running

  • A screenshot of running route that was tracked by a smartphone app like Map My Run, Strava, or Nike+ Run Club

  • The time it took for the individual and group to complete the race

NSAA 2020-2021 Sports Physical Update

The Nebraska State Athletic Association (NSAA) has determined Pre-Participation Physical Examinations (PPE) for the 2019-2020 school year will be acceptable for the 2020-2021 seasons. This recommendation is a one-year exemption only and does not include incoming freshmen. All incoming freshmen participating in a sport will need to get a new physical on or after May 1, 2020.

PRAYER

Prep Family Association Spring Retreat - Wednesday, April 29

Prep Family Association (formerly Prep Moms) is excited to continue our Spring Retreat tradition with a virtual retreat on Zoom this year. Please join us on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. This retreat will include a guided prayer and reflection with Fr. Kevin Schneider, a Q&A session with Jim Bopp and Fr. Tom Neitzke as well as a much needed social gathering. 

If you are interested in attending, please take a minute to fill out this Google form. We would like to have any questions you may have for Prep sent to us by Monday, April 27th at 9 p.m. Please feel free to email Lisa Gravelle, Prep Family Association President or call her at 402-212-2980 with any questions or concerns.

Friday’s Student Prayer

You can watch Josh Kramer ‘20 as he leads today’s morning prayer and encourages us to use this time we have at home to become closer to God.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Order through AmazonSmile to Help Prep

If you use Amazon to order products online, did you know that you can order products through their AmazonSmile website and get 0.5% of your purchase price on eligible products donated to Prep? Make sure you go to the AmazonSmile website to get started and select Creighton Preparatory School as your charity.
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