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Parent-Teacher Conferences – October 18-19 

Please note that Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday evening, October 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday morning, October 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Heider Center. Prep does not mail home progress reports or report cards. Parents can view their son’s progress report by following these steps:

  • Click HERE to reach the PowerSchool login page.
  • Log in to PowerSchool.
  • From the menu on the left, select Grade History.
  • Select the 2018-2019 tab.
  • Use the PRINTER icon in the upper right to print your student’s progress report.

PLEASE BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THE REPORT AND BRING IT TO PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES.

PARENTS MAY ENTER THE BUILDING THROUGH THE HEIDER CENTER ENTRANCE FROM THE EAST PARKING LOT OR THE MAIN WEST ENTRANCE TO THE SCHOOL, ADJACENT TO THE WEST PARKING LOT.

ALL TEACHERS WILL BE LOCATED IN THE HEIDER CENTER, SEATED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, AND ALL COUNSELORS WILL BE LOCATED IN THE UPPER TRACK AREA.

Parent-Teacher Conferences help parents and teachers join in a partnership to further your son’s education.

Parent conferences do not provide the time for in-depth interaction, so we ask that you keep your visit with each teacher to five minutes. If you receive valuable insight and you would like to pursue it or if more time is necessary, make an appointment with the teacher for a future visit or phone call. Some the items below may help focus each conference:

  • Let your son know that you are going to visit his teachers. Find out if there is something he would like you to ask or tell the teacher.
  • Ask your son to tell you about each of his classes. Look at your son’s notebooks and assignments. This may give you a perspective that will make the teacher’s comments more meaningful.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask about specific points: behavior, homework, class participation, work habits, basic skills, social interaction, attendance, tests, attitude, morale, etc.
  • Focus on one or two specific points. The goal of the conference is to identify problems (if there are any), not to necessarily solve them at that time.
  • Conferences are most successful when parents summarize their findings, with a course of action with their son, and follow up on his adherence to that plan. Ask your son to assess his own strengths and weaknesses. What is he going to do about what his teachers have said? Make a plan, perhaps a contract, and follow it.

Our hope is that one or two of these suggestions will help to make your teacher conferences a more effective and valuable experience for you and a more enjoyable event for all the Prep parents and teachers.

The Jay Mart will also be open for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday afternoon/evening from 4:30-8 p.m. and Friday morning from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The store is located in the Smith Atrium just outside the Heider Center.

 

Future Family Nights – October 15-December 10

Do you know prospective Prep families who want to learn more about the school? Please let them know about the Future Family Nights scheduled from Monday, October 15 to Monday, December 10 (see schedule below). There, they will learn about the admissions process, testing, scholarship opportunities and financial aid options. They will also hear current students talk about life at Prep and answer their questions.

Future Family Nights will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium at Prep on the following days:

  • Monday, October 15
  • Monday October 22
  • Monday, October 29
  • Monday, November 19
  • Monday, December 3
  • Monday, December 10

To RSVP for a Future Family Night, please call the High School Office at 402-393-1256.

For more information, please contact Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at 402-548-3872 or jluedtke@creightonprep.org.

 

Give to the 2018-2019 AMDG Annual Fund

The 2018-2019 AMDG Annual Fund campaign is well underway and, as always, your support 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.

You will be receiving information in the mail shortly regarding the 2018-2019 AMDG Annual Fund campaign. When you do, please consider returning a gift or a multi-year pledge with the enclosed envelope. Or click HERE to give online now. Thank you!

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.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Retreat Leaders Needed

Would your son like to be a leader on a grade school retreat? There are Youth Frontiers Retreats at Mary Our Queen on Wednesday, October 17 and St. Vincent de Paul on Thursday, October 18, and they are looking for Prep students to act as leaders. There are also confirmation retreats at St. Vincent de Paul on Thursday, October 18 and at Mary Our Queen on Saturday, November 17. If your son is interested in being a leader on one of these retreats, contact Mr. Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office at dlawler@creightonprep.org.  

 

Help With Parent-Teacher Conferences Goodie Bags For Prep Teachers

Parent-Teacher Conferences are October 18 and 19, and the Prep Moms organization is requesting your help to collect items for goodie bags that will be given to the Prep teachers for their conferences. Each bag will contain items such as bottled water, candy, pen and paper, fruit and $10 Starbucks gift cards.

Click HERE to sign up to donate items or assemble the bags for conferences. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Royal at lroyal33@gmail.com.

 

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

  

Freshman Homecoming Dance – Friday October 12

The Freshman Homecoming Dance is scheduled for Friday, October 12 in the commons from 9-11:30 p.m. The theme is Halloween and the attire is semi-formal. Students from Prep, Marian, Mercy and Duchesne are invited. Prep students who are bringing a date from any other school are required to submit a Guest Pass to the Dean's Office by noon on Friday October 12.

The cost to attend is $10 per person or $15 per couple, and Prep freshmen can purchase tickets during their lunch period starting Monday, October 8.

Semi-formal attire means the young men must wear dress shirts, ties and slacks (sport coats optional), and young ladies must wear dresses, skirts and blouses, or pant suits. All attire must be modest and appropriate. Faculty members at the door will make any necessary judgement about modest and appropriate.

On that evening, students should enter and exit the building from the main west entrance to the school.

The Freshman Homecoming Dance is sponsored by the Creighton Prep Big Brothers, and refreshments will be provided by the Prep Moms.

 

Homecoming Dance for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors – Saturday, October 13

The Homecoming Dance for sophomores, juniors and seniors is scheduled for Saturday, October 13 in the commons from 8:30-11:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $25 per person or couple for tickets purchased in advance and $30 for tickets purchased at the door. The theme is Miami Vice.

Tickets are on sale at the school switchboard near the Administration entrance until 2:45 p.m. on Friday, October 12.

Cash, credit/debit cards and checks are acceptable forms of payment. Checks must be made out to Creighton Prep. Debit/credit card payment is only available in the Student Activities Office.

Students planning to attend should review the Homecoming Dress Code and Behavior Guidelines located HERE. No dance guest pass is required to be filed in the Dean’s Office for this dance. Responses to other frequently asked questions are HERE.

 

College Admissions Counselors Visiting Prep – October 15-16

Representatives from the following colleges will be visiting with Prep students on October 15 and 16, and juniors and seniors interested in attending need to notify their teachers in advance that they will be missing class. Students are also responsible for the material covered while they are away from class.

Monday, October 15

Metropolitan Community College during both lunch periods, outside the Campus Ministry office.

Rockhurst University 12:45 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 16

Grand Canyon University 7:45 a.m. in Mrs. Clark’s office.

Creighton University 12:45 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room.

 

Driver’s Education Class – October 19-21

Cornhusker Driving School will be holding a driver’s education class for Creighton Prep students on October 19, 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at their facility at 3101 North 108th Street next to the Family Fare supermarket in the Maple 108 Shopping Center. Cost is $390.

Click HERE for more information on the Creighton Prep Teen Class and HERE to register.

 

Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 24

You are cordially invited to spend an evening of celebration with the Creighton Prep community at the 2018 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction where the following honorees will be recognized on Wednesday, October 24 in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center:

 

Rev. Thomas J. Merkel, SJ

Sword of St. Ignatius

 

W. Todd Johnson '84

Alumnus of the Year

 

Ann E. Tjaden

Ancilla Domini

 

Thomas L. "Tom" Connolly, M.D. '56

Hall of Fame

 

James T. "Jim" Gross '68

Hall of Fame

 

Dennis P. "Denny" Hogan III '66

Hall of Fame

 

Tickets for the event are $60 per person, and, that night, the cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Click HERE to register today.

Click HERE to see the names of former honorees.

 

9th Annual Ladies Bus Trip – Thursday, October 25

Prep moms, if you would like to spend a day celebrating friendships and having fun shopping with your girlfriends, sign up for the 9th Annual Ladies Bus Trip on Thursday, October 25!

At 8:30 a.m. that morning, you will board a chartered bus stocked with light snacks, coffee and drinks then attend an exclusive shopping event for Prep moms at the brand new Kendra Scott store at Village Pointe. After that, the group will depart for a trip to lovely Nebraska City, where you will shop the Keeping Room boutique then enjoy a farm-to-table lunch before going on to other area shops and attractions. A cocktail hour follows then an arrival back in Omaha at approximately 7 p.m. Cost is $125 per person.

Your hosts for the day are Juliet Brown, Mary Gordon, Jen Holl, Ann Mausbach, Dawn Neujahr and Kara Spitzenberger. This trip has proven to be a memorable day that has created many new friendships. Click HERE to sign up today!

 

Freshman Parent Receptions – October 25-November 8

Freshman parents, please note that, between October 25 and November 8, the Prep community will be hosting Freshman Parent Receptions across the Omaha area, and you are encouraged to sign up for one near you!

This opportunity is for freshman parents to gather in an intimate setting to network, talk and become more familiar with the Prep family. The purpose is to show new members what it is like to be a vital part of the parent community at Prep.

These gatherings will take place based on your location in the Omaha area and be hosted by current parents who have volunteered to share their experience. They will be held on:

  • Thursday, October 25 - 6-8 p.m. @ Field Club - 3615 Woolworth Ave.
  • Monday, October 29 - 6-8 p.m. @ Rob & Lisa Johnson's - 6729 Davenport Street
  • Thursday, November 1 - 6-8 p.m. @ Tate and Denise Fitzgerald's - 1213 S. 184 Circle
  • Thursday, November 8 - 6-8 p.m. @ Greg & Karen Van Dyke's - 1225 N. 136 Ave.

We look forward to seeing all of the freshman parents at our receptions across town!

Please RSVP today by filling out the form HERE or calling Taylor Stormberg at 402-548-3830. Thank you!

 

Open House for Prospective Students and Families – Sunday, November 4

All Omaha area 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their families are invited to attend the Creighton Prep Open House on Sunday, November 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet Prep students, faculty, Jesuits and alumni. The event will include a clubs and activities preview, Q&A with faculty and administration, compelling demonstrations and tours.

Please encourage prospective Prep parents and students who are interested in learning more about Prep to attend!

Though registration is not required, students can fill out an interest form located HERE.

 

Fifth Annual Prep Moms Fall Social – Wednesday, November 7

All mothers of sons currently attending Creighton Prep are cordially invited to the fifth annual Prep Moms Fall Social on Wednesday, November 7 from 7- 9 p.m. in the Sullivan Center (also known as the commons).

Please join us for wine, appetizers and desserts. The social is an open house style event so please feel free to stop in for just a short while or stay the whole time!

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet other Prep moms and reunite with old friends.

Click HERE to RSVP today!

If you have any questions or need more information about the Prep Moms Fall Social, please contact Christina Diers at acediers@cox.net or Kim Mandolfo at kim@avantomaha.com. Thank you!

 

Save the Dates – Christmas eBASH – November 13-December 10

Save the dates on your calendar now for Christmas eBASH, starting Wednesday, November 13 and running through Monday, December 10! During that time, you will be able to bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties while supporting Creighton Prep! More details will be published in a future Parent Pulse.

 

Prep Notes

 

Senior Graduation Orders

On Thursday, October 4, all seniors received a graduation packet from Jostens School Traditions during a senior meeting. The packet has several forms and specials, but the main form is the white folded one with rings on it, and at the top it says “Graduation Order Form CLASS of 2019.” On this form, you can order packages, or on the back there is a place to order individual items.

ALL SENIORS must order a cap and gown or you need to inform the High School Office at Prep that you are using a cap and gown from your son’s brother. If you order a cap and gown unit ONLY, it includes a cap, gown and 2019 tassel.

Please complete your order and return it to School Traditions at the address below. Price information is included in the packet. Orders received after 11/30/2018 will cost more than orders received prior to that date.

School Traditions

12100 West Center Rd

Bel Air Plaza, Suite 901

Omaha NE 68114

  

Cross Country Team Wins District A-1 Title

Congratulations to Head Coach Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ and the cross country team on winning the District A-1 title this week with a team score of 26, outdistancing second-place Lincoln North Star and their team score of 71. The top runner for Prep was Luke Dickas who finished third and all seven Prep runners finished in the top 15 and in under 17 minutes. The team moves on to the state meet in Kearney next Friday.

 

Tennis Team Completes Season at State

Congratulations to Head Coach Jerry Kowal and the tennis team on completing their season at state, where they finished seventh. Performances this week were highlighted by the runner-up finish of the No. 2 doubles team of Gavin Forster and Daniel Kowal, a 6th place finish by Sam Konwinski at No. 2 singles and a 6th place by Andrew Doehner and Nathan Ramachandran at No. 1 doubles.

 

Purchase or Renew Magazine Subscriptions Through the Operation Others Store

Click HERE to visit the Operation Others store to purchase or renew magazine subscriptions. You will be asked to enter in the Prep student's name (or skip this step if you do not want to designate the sale for a student) and then you will be able to shop for magazines and gifts. Digital subscriptions are also available.

Please visit our online store and participate. 40 percent of sales go directly to support O.O.'s work learning about food insecurity in the U.S. and toward providing Christmas food boxes to local families in need. Thank you for your support.

 

Operation Others Fall Event Schedule

The fall event schedule for Operation Others has been published to the Prep website at www.creightonprep.org/oo. In addition to the annual magazine and gift drive happening now, there are a number of other events you can get involved in to support the cause. Among them, please note that the annual turkey drive will take place on Saturday, November 17, and delivery weekend is scheduled for December 20-22.

 

Sixth Annual Fundraiser for the Trap Club – Saturday, October 27

The 6th Annual Creighton Prep Corporate Shoot benefiting the Junior Jays Trap Club will take place on Saturday, October 27 at the Harry A. Koch Trap and Skeet Range at 6802 Harrison Street. Five-man teams will compete in flights at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the entry fee of $695 includes 12-gauge shells for 100 clay targets, five raffle tickets, lunch and a five-man flurry competition.

To register for the event, please contact Carrie Novotny at 402-980-6127 or novotnyhaus@cox.net.

 

Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast – Thank You!

Thank you to the over 720 Prep mothers and sons who attended the annual Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast on Sunday, October 7 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center.

Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ was the presider at Mass, and he was assisted by Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ and Damian Czerniak, SJ. The readers were Matthew Lemar and his mother Martha, and the gifts were presented by Jennifer Buckley and her sons Brendan, Conor and Michael as well as Audrey Buckley and her son Joseph.

The emcee for the breakfast program was senior Matt Anderson, the student speaker was senior Thomas Corpuz and the parent speaker was Sharon Doran.

Thanks as well to Mr. Kelly Barth, Mr. Rob Chesire, the Campus Ministry Advisory Board and the Creighton Prep Concert Choir for their help in making the morning a great one.

 

Prep Sons and Dads Take Part in Habitat for Humanity Build

Approximately 20 Prep students and several dads participated recently in the first build of the school year for the Creighton Prep chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The build took place at 3311 Emmet Street on Saturday, October 6, the last day of Habitat for Humanity Omaha’s Framing Frenzy. The work performed by the group involved framing basement walls and installing roof trusses.

“It was a great day,” noted faculty moderator and Honors Physics teacher Mike Higgins ’75.

 

Travel to Spain, Portugal and Morocco in 2019

A change of venue for summer 2019 Junior Jays travel! Creighton Prep (and family and friends) will now be traveling over the course of 12 days beginning Tuesday, May 28 to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Some of the trip highlights will include Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, a night of flamenco, a ferry to Morocco, and a stop in Lisbon. Travelers can manage their own reservations at http://www.explorica.com/Stickels-1119.

Space is limited, so sign up before Wednesday, October 31 to join this memorable trip! In the meantime, please feel free to email any questions to Prep teachers Nina Stickels at nstickels@creightonprep.org or Karri Martin at kmartin@creightonprep.org.

 

Just a Few Spots Left! 2019 WWII Battlefields of Europe Trip

If you or your family is interested in World War II history and like adventurous travel, we have a great opportunity to offer you. In honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Mr. Tom Haindfield (history teacher) and Mrs. Barb Hake (English teacher) are offering a 14-day trip in 2019 to explore World War II battlefields, museums and war memorials throughout Western Europe. The group will see where our soldiers fought, where they died and where some still remain.

The tour begins in Amsterdam with visits to the Anne Frank House and the Jewish Historical Museum. From Amsterdam, you will travel to Bastogne, tour the Mardasson Memorial and visit the Ardennes American Cemetery and memorial. Normandy will be next with a tour of the American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc and the D-Day beaches.

Then travel to Paris through Rouen, spending two days in both areas. From Paris, fly to Munich to explore there for three days. During that time, there will be several day trips to Dachau, Salzburg and the Eagle’s Nest where you can still see the initials carved by the 101st Airborne Division when they captured the Kehlsteinhaus in May of 1945.

It will be a trip of a lifetime! To see a detailed itinerary, please visit www.explorica.com/Hake-8012, and email any questions to bhake@creightonprep.org.

 

Winter Hats, Hoodies and Pajama Pants at the Jay Mart

Winter is in the wind but you can prepare now with a great selection of new winter hats, hoodies and pajama pants at the Jay Mart!

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days. Students are welcome to shop the store during their lunch period, and parents, alumni and friends of the school may visit the store by entering the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot.

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.

 

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Creighton Prep Football Dads Night – Wednesday, August 15
Posted 07/16/2018 12:34PM

Fathers of current and incoming student athletes in the Prep football program as well as Prep alumni are invited to Creighton Prep Football Dads Night on Wednesday, August 15 at the Old Mattress Factory in downtown Omaha (501 North 13th Street).  Admittance is $5, and social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation from Head Varsity Football Coach Tim Johnk at 7 p.m. A menu and a cash bar will be available as well.

Please RSVP to Dennis Sonderman at sondo@centurylink.net, by Sunday, August 12, and mail your $5 check to:

Creighton Prep Football Booster Club

1615 South 126th Street

Omaha, NE 68144-1431

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