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Support Prep Through A December Gift to the AMDG Annual Fund

As you know, the 2018-2019 AMDG Annual Fund campaign is underway and your support of it is critical to the success of our ongoing mission to form men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service.

Gifts to the AMDG Annual Fund help Prep provide financial assistance to students, address a range of operating expenses, support the dining program and continue important work in a number of academic programs and activities as well as in Campus Ministry and the arts and sciences.

During this season of giving, please consider returning a gift or a multi-year pledge by mail or donating online at www.creightonprep.org/giveonline. Your generosity makes all the difference in helping us form 1,000 young men each year.

This year, we are truly blessed that alumnus Bernie Pistillo ‘75 has offered to match all donations to the AMDG Annual Fund between November 29 and the end of December, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000

For additional information or to discuss a gift or multi-year pledge to the AMDG Annual Fund, please contact Director of Annual Funds Taylor Stormberg ’09 at 402-548-3830 or tstormberg@creightonprep.org. Thank you!

 

Just Five Christmas Shopping Days Left at the Jay Mart! – December 15, 17, 18, 19 and 20

Is the Prep student in your home expecting a CP quarter-zip under the Christmas tree? Or perhaps mom would like a sherpa fleece version or, maybe for the family room, a warm Creighton Prep blanket?

If yes, be sure to visit the Jay Mart during one or more of the five remaining Christmas shopping days left in 2018:

Saturday, December 15 from 5-9 p.m.

Monday, December 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, December 18 from 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, December 19 from 9-11 a.m.

Thursday, December 20 from 9-11 a.m.

These great items and many more are available now.

Please follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. You can also find the store at www.creightonprep.org/jaymart. For questions or additional information regarding the Jay Mart, please contact Stacey Burke at sburke@creightonprep.org.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteer During Operation Others Delivery Weekend – December 20, 21 and 22

On Saturday, December 22, Operation Others will deliver food to Omaha-area families for the 51st time. Over 1,200 materially-poor families will receive a decent Christmas meal and a bit of extra food to help stock their pantry. Your help is requested during Operation Others Delivery Weekend as follows:

Thursday, December 20: Set-up Day at the warehouse (1144 N. 11 Street) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, December 21: Packing Day at the warehouse (1144 N. 11 Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 22: Delivery Day at the warehouse (1144 N. 11 Street). Mass will be at 8 a.m. then deliveries will take place from 9 a.m. until the job is finished, usually around noon.

Thank you! Operation Others depends on the generosity of people like you to achieve its mission of providing food to families and finding Christ in the people they meet.

For questions or additional information regarding Operation Others, please email Jerry Kinney at jkinney@creightonprep.org or visit www.creightonprep.org/oo. Follow O.O. on Twitter @OperationOthers  for updates, changes, severe weather announcements and more. All times are subject to change due to weather and other variables.

 

Join the Team Leading the Rosary to Support Freshman Retreat – Thursday, January 31

In the early evening of Thursday, January 31, the Rosary to support Freshman Retreat will take place at St. Margaret Mary Church (6116 Dodge Street). A 25-person team is needed to lead the Rosary, and if you would like to join the team, please contact Jeanne Schulte at spicierlife@me.com.  Thank you!

 

Summer Service Trips for Current Sophomores and Juniors

This summer, Campus Ministry is offering service trips to the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Rosebud Reservation. These trips are primarily for current juniors, but we also have space for some sophomores this year. If your son is interested in applying for one of these experiences, they should contact Mr. Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office at dlawler@creightonprep.org.

 

Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel

Creighton Prep is in its sixth year of Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel on Fridays during the 2018-2019 school year. It is a wonderful gift to Prep to have such prayer happening throughout the school day, and anyone is welcome to volunteer for an "hour of power" before the Blessed Sacrament.

On the Fridays when you participate in Eucharistic Adoration, please 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 Skinner Chapel.

Click HERE to reach the CP Adoration 2018-2019 signup page where you can view the adoration schedule and sign up to participate. If you have any questions about Eucharistic Adoration at Prep, please contact Mr. Kelly Barth at kbarth@creightonprep.org.

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. God bless you! Thanks as well to all those who have signed up so far!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Christmas in the Cage – Bring Canned Chicken or Tuna – Saturday, December 15

Please join us in the Heider Center on Saturday, December 15 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 Storm from Elkhorn South, with the JV game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

The Heider Center ticket office will open at 5 p.m., and tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for students. The Jay Mart will also open at 5 p.m. for your holiday shopping needs and close at 9 p.m.

Also, please note that our goal is to collect 1,000 cans of chicken or tuna that night for Operation Others! So please bring as many as you can. Donate a can and receive a free Eileen's Cookie while supplies last. Thank you!

This is the last home game scheduled before the Christmas holidays and a large crowd is expected, so please plan to arrive early. See you there!

If you cannot make it to the game, click HERE to see a live stream of the event.

 

Semester Exams – December 18-20

Click HERE to view the semester exam schedule. Exam schedules for each day may be viewed by clicking on the tabs at the bottom. Students should be careful not to confuse their regular classroom with the exam room. Most students are familiar with this process, but freshmen may need a little assistance. Toward that end, community period moderators will review this process with their students. The exam schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, December 18  

 

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Social Studies

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Math

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Conflict Exams

Wednesday, December 19   

 

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Science

9:15-10:15 a.m.

English

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Conflict Exams

Thursday, December 20

 

8:00-9:00 a.m.

World Language

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Theology

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Conflict Exams

Exams given in class: Physical Education, Fine Arts, Design Technology, Composition, College Composition, and Social Studies electives

 

Operation Others Delivery Weekend – December 20, 21 and 22

As mentioned earlier, volunteers are needed to set up, pack and deliver food during Operations Others Delivery Weekend, December 20-22. Food bags will be delivered to almost 1,200 materially-poor families. Please meet at the warehouse at 1144 N. 11 Street during the dates and times listed on the schedule below. Follow O.O. on Twitter @OperationOthers for updates, changes, severe weather announcements and more. All times are subject to change due to weather and other variables.

Thursday, December 20: Setup day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, December 21: Packing day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 22: Delivery day: Mass at 8 a.m. then deliveries from 9 a.m. until finished, usually around noon.

 

Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep – Tuesday, December 25

The 2018 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Tuesday morning, December 25. As always, this is a special time for the Prep community to come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Creighton Prep Trip to Mt. Crescent – Saturday, January 5

Enjoy the last days of Christmas break by joining other Prep students on a trip to Mt. Crescent Ski Area on Saturday, January 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mt. Crescent offers opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and Zibob sledding. The school will provide bus transportation to and from Mt. Crescent for students, or students may drive themselves. Equipment rentals are available, and lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $60 per student. If a student is in Kanne House (i.e., Fr. Tillman, SJ is his guidance counselor), the event is free to attend for being in the lead for House Cup points.

Students interested in attending need to sign-up at the link HERE. Registration will be closed on December 21.

Two mandatory forms that need to be completed by a parent/guardian for a student attendee are the school permission form available HERE and a waiver from Mt. Crescent available HERE. Forms can be turned in the day of the event to Mr. Dan Kennedy, SJ.

Please email Mr. Kennedy in the Student Activities Office at dkennedy@creightonprep.org with any questions.

 

Junior Parent College Meetings – January 7 and 9

Junior parents, please consider attending one of the Junior Parent College Meetings happening on Monday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 9 from 6-7 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. These one-hour meetings are led by Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark and will cover topics such as college tours, standardized testing and course selection. You will also receive a manual to take home.

Junior parents who would like to attend an version of this meeting that includes hands-on experience with the Naviance Student platform (formerly known as Family Connection) should consider attending a College Awareness Workshop for Junior Parents meeting directed by Counselor Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ on January 24, 26 or 28. See below for details.

 

8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam – Saturday, January 12

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, January 12 at Creighton Prep. The cost is $10, and the fee will be waived for all applications for freshman year that are completed by Thursday, December 20. Prospective Prep parents can click HERE to begin the application process.

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. After the test has concluded, parents can pick up students in the west parking lot starting at 11:30 a.m.

If you have any questions about the 8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam, please contact Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at jluedtke@creightonprep.org.

 

CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius Meeting – Monday, January 14

The CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius retreat experience continues its 12th year on Monday, January 14 from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the Skinner Chapel, located on the first floor of Creighton Prep in the south hallway. Director of Adult Spirituality Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will guide the meeting, and Deacon Damian Czerniak, SJ will share his faith journey to Prep.

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 the group once a month as they 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 leads the group in prayer, teaching and discussion of the Spiritual Exercises. He also suggests ways that participants can live the retreat each day.

 

Sophomore Parent College/Career Meetings – January 14 and 16

Sophomore parents interested in discussing considerations for course selection for junior year, standardized testing, college search items and information covered during community period with sophomores are encouraged to attend a Sophomore Parent College/Career Meeting on Monday, January 14 or Wednesday, January 16 from 7-8 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. These one-hour meetings have a set agenda and a presentation by Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark.

Sophomore parents interested in a meeting without a set agenda or presentation should consider attending a Coffee and Conversation for Sophomore Parents meeting with Prep counselors on either January 22 and 24. See below for details.

 

Save the Date – Prep Moms Meeting – Tuesday, January 15

Please note that the next Prep Moms meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room just inside the Heider Center entrance. These meetings are a great way to learn about Prep and to get involved with your time and talent at the school. See you there!

 

Coffee and Conversation for Sophomore Parents – January 22 and 24

Coffee and Conversation for Sophomore Parents is an opportunity for sophomore parents to meet with Prep counselors and other parents, and ask questions they might have about course selection for next year, college planning and PSAT results. There is no formal agenda or presentation. The meetings will be held in the Carta Hall of Fame Room on Tuesday, January 22 from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursday, January 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sophomore parents who would like to attend a meeting with a set agenda and a presentation should consider attending a Sophomore Parent College/Career Meeting led by Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark on either January 14 or 16.

 

College Awareness Workshops for Junior Parents – January 24, 26 and 28

Also in January, the Counseling Department has scheduled three opportunities for junior parents to gain the same information that their sons are receiving about college awareness. The College Awareness Workshop for Junior Parents will cover understanding PSAT scores, selecting a college, college admissions tests, factors colleges consider in selecting you, registering for the ACT/SAT, paying for college, college majors, retaking the ACT and using Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection).

A class will be offered on Saturday, January 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and evening classes will be offered on Thursday, January 24 and Monday, January 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you would like to participate in a College Awareness Workshop for Junior Parents, call the Counseling Office at 402-548-3869 or email Fr. Tillman at rtillman@creightonprep.org. Preregistration is required. The class will meet in Room T-004. Sophomore parents who are eager to have college questions answered may also register for this workshop.

Junior parents who would like to attend a version of this meeting with a set agenda and a presentation (but without time for hands-on experience with the Naviance Student platform) should consider attending a Junior Parent College Meeting led by Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark on either January 7 or 9.

 

Register for the Father-Son Mass and Breakfast – Sunday, January 27

Creighton Prep’s annual Father-Son Mass and Breakfast is a special event for fathers and sons of the Prep community, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. The event will be held on Sunday, January 27, and Mass will be concelebrated by members of Creighton Prep’s Jesuit community.

All Prep fathers and sons are encouraged to attend, especially the members of the Class of 2022. Of particular concern to us is the student who may not have a father at home. We encourage him to come with a brother, uncle, grandfather or another student and his father.

Sunday, January 27 at 10 a.m.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center

The Windsor Ballroom

12520 Westport Parkway (conference center entrance)

Click HERE to register online now or HERE to download a form that you can complete and return to Prep prior to the event. In order to confirm accommodations with the caterer, all reservations must be received by Wednesday, January 23. Thank you!

 

Save the Date – The Rosary to Support Freshman Retreat – Thursday, January 31

Please save the date of Thursday, February 1 to attend the Rosary to support Freshman Retreat that will take place in the early evening at St. Margaret Mary Church (6116 Dodge Street). As noted earlier in this Parent Pulse, a 25-person team is needed to lead the Rosary, and you can contact Jeanne Schulte at spicierlife@me.com if you would like to be part of the team.

 

Save the Date – Mom Prom 2019 – Sunday, February 10

Prep moms, please save the date of Sunday, February 10 for Mom Prom 2019. Mom Prom is a Creighton Prep tradition and is an opportunity for Prep mothers and sons to spend an evening together and to raise money for the April post prom party.

The 36th annual Mom Prom will be held on Sunday, February 10 at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha (455 N. 10th Street) starting with a 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing at 8 p.m. Winning raffle tickets will be drawn as you enjoy your dessert so please bring cash for some great prizes.

More details including how to register for the event will be included in future communications from Prep.

 

6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, February 23

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, February 23 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.

If you have any questions about the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam, please contact Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at jluedtke@creightonprep.org.

 

Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years”

 

Volunteer for Beach BASH 2019

The success of BASH each year is critical to Prep’s ongoing mission to deliver educational excellence to 1,000 young men, to keep tuition affordable, and to provide financial assistance to nearly half of all students.

The same will be true for Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years” which is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, and your help is needed now to make it successful. From decorations to post-event cleanup, there is an opportunity for you!

Volunteering for BASH is a great way to provide service to Prep. Click HERE to learn more and to sign up!

 

Prepare a Silent Auction Gift Basket for Beach BASH 2019

One of the many ways you can help ensure a successful Beach BASH 2019 is by preparing a gift basket for the silent auction portion of the evening on Saturday, April 27. Members of the BASH team have created a SignUpGenius page to make it easy for you to donate a gift basket of your choosing or commit to a cash donation so one can be assembled for you. Click HERE to get started!

 

Executive Committee

The Beach BASH 2019 executive committee includes the following:

Auction Acquisition (silent auction): Carrie Jenkins

Catalog: Michele Zadalis

Decorations: Tiffany Dencklau and Lisa Gravelle (co-chairs)

Logistics: Cathy Goracke

Patron Party: Beth Kramer

Raffle: Jim Naylon '85

Underwriting: Melissa and Patrick Duffy '90

 

Save the Dates

Online Auction

eBASH: Friday, March 22-Friday, April 12, 2019  

Patron Party

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Beach BASH 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 (our 49th year)

 

Prep Notes

 

Free Admission for Prep Students to Select Upcoming Creighton Basketball Games

The Creighton University Athletics Department is inviting Creighton Prep students to attend a select group of upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games free of charge. They just need to show their student ID to be admitted.

Parents, click HERE to download the flyer and note that, if you present it at the box offices for CHI Health Center and D.J. Sokol Arena, you can get game tickets for $10.

 

For Senior Parents – Purchase a Senior Dedication Ad in the 2019 Yearbook

Beat the holiday rush and make your Prep senior feel special by purchasing a senior ad in the 2019 Jay Junior yearbook! For $50, you can include a full color photo and up to 100 words of congratulations and encouragement.

To submit your senior ad online, here are some basic directions for using the Pictavo Community website:

  • Click on the following link: https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool.
  • Where it says “Enter School ID#,” type in 77509.
  • Then click "Let's Go."
  • On the next page that appears, click "Shop My School" and you will see an option to purchase an Eighth-Page Recognition Ad for $50.
  • Click "Add to Cart" and you will be given the option to log in or create an account.
  • Complete the checkout process.
  • From there, you can use the website to help create and submit the dedication ad for your senior.

The deadline for submitting senior ads has been extended to January 31. If you need assistance with the Pictavo Community website, please call 800-290-0036 or send an email to answers@pictavo.com. You can also email Yearbook Advisor Matt Rasgorshek at mrasgorshek@creightonprep.org. Thank you!

 

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Prep Students Compete in National African American History Challenge
Posted 06/21/2018 09:32AM

Thank you to recently graduated seniors Leon Gordon Jr., Marcus Vaughn-Jones and Tyler White-Welchen along with their coach and Director of Student Advocacy and Outreach Allen Burrell Jr. for representing Prep so well at the 32nd Annual National African American History Challenge, June 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida! This is the first time that a Prep team won the local Senior division and advanced to the national competition.

Of their performance this year, Allen said, "They have set a standard of excellence for future Prep students who wish to take part in this wonderful event."

Congratulations, guys!

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