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“Eye on Bullying” by Kevin Kaminski

This week’s posting by Mental Health Practitioner Kevin Kaminski is entitled “Eye on Bullying”. It highlights what the Student Council will be doing to educate on the topic and the key facts surrounding the behavior.

To learn more about mental health services at Prep, see our website, contact Kevin by email or call him at 402-393-1190 Ext. 327.


School News


Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ Named 34th President

On November 12, 2019, the Creighton Prep Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ as the school’s 34th president.

Fr. Spotts currently works in ministry at Loyola Academy in Chicago, the nation’s largest Jesuit secondary school, and as an associate pastor at a parish. He is also completing a graduate degree in education. Prior to this, he taught and coached at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis.

Visit CreightonPrep.org/FrSpotts to learn more.


Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Congratulations to the following Creighton Prep student-athletes who signed letters of intent on Wednesday, November 13 to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level:




Rush Clark  

Florida State University   


Ethan Schmaderer   

Nebraska Wesleyan University


Spencer Schomers    

Northwest Missouri State University    


Donations of Boys Belts Needed

The Dean of Students Office needs donations of boys belts - any size, any style. They are for students who arrive at school without one and, as a result, are out of dress code because they left their belt at home or do not own a belt.

Donated belts can be dropped off in the Dean of Students Office during school hours.


Senior Parents – Order His Cap, Gown and Tassel Before Prices Increase November 22

If you have not yet placed your order at Jostens.com for a “cap & gown unit” that includes a cap, gown and tassel (required for graduation), please do so before prices increase on November 22.

In addition, School Traditions will be at Prep on Tuesday, November 19 during senior lunch to take orders. Questions can be directed to them at 402-733-0300 on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

If your son is planning to use his brother’s cap, gown and tassel instead, please inform Mrs. Harmon in the High School Office.


Volunteer Opportunities


Auction Acquisition Kickoff for BASH 2020 – November 19-20

A key element in the success of our annual BASH fundraiser each April is the work done by auction acquisition volunteers in the fall and early winter months prior to the event when they ask businesses and individuals to donate items for the auction.

We're still in need of a few more volunteers so please consider signing up today by emailing BASH Associate Terri Haller or calling her at 402-548-3845. Then attend the Auction Acquisition Kickoff for BASH 2020 on Tuesday, November 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. or Wednesday, November 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Creighton Room at Prep.

Come by any time during those hours to pick up your donor cards and other information. This should only take 20-30 minutes of your time on one of those days. The auction acquisition executive committee chair is Denise Barrett and the co-chairs are Bridget and Sam Tynan '94.


Serve as a Reader, Gift Bearer Family or EMHC at Christmas Midnight Mass

The 2019 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 25. In order to make it a success, Campus Ministry is in need of volunteers for the following ministries: readers, EMHCs, and one family to bring the gifts forward.

This can be a great way for you and your family to celebrate Christmas with other members of the Prep community and to give of your time and talent to the school. If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the aforementioned roles, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry. 


Volunteer on a Post Prom Committee

Post Prom will be held at Prep next April, and volunteers are needed on three committees to help make the evening a success. Sign up to help then plan to attend the kickoff meeting on Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room. The Post Prom Chairs are Lisa Gravelle, Beth Kramer and Jenny Ugarte.


Events Over the Next Week


Christmas eBASH is Here – Now Through December 9

Bid on and buy great Prep-themed items in support of our 50th anniversary BASH and the efforts to keep tuition reasonable and to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance to 52 percent of our students. Now through December 9.


Operation Others Food Drive for Canned Chicken and Tuna – November 18-22

Operation Others is hosting its annual food drive next week, and we will be collecting canned chicken and tuna for the 2,500 food bags that will be delivered in December. Students can drop off their donations in the commons before school or in the Campus Ministry Office any time during the school day.


Admissions Counselor Visits – November 20-21

Interested juniors and seniors need to notify their teachers in advance if they will be missing class. They are also responsible for the material covered while they are away from class.

The following visitors will be at a table in the commons during lunch periods beginning at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, November 20

United States Air Force ROTC – University of Nebraska Omaha

Thursday, November 21

United States Navy


Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day – Saturday, November 23

Help those in need this holiday season through Operation Others by dropping off a frozen turkey of any size that day between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Creighton Prep (7400 Western Avenue, east parking lot), Skutt Catholic (3131 S. 156 Street) or GolfTEC (362 N. 114 Street, Suite 362). We hope to collect 800 turkeys this year!


Events Next Month


Operation Others Delivery Weekend – December 19-21

Volunteers are needed to set up, pack and deliver food during Operations Others Delivery Weekend. Food bags will be delivered to almost 1,200 materially-poor families. Please meet at the warehouse (location TBA) during that dates and times listed on the tentative schedule below. 

Follow O.O. on Twitter for updates, changes, severe weather announcements, and more. All times are subject to change due to weather and other variables.

  • Thursday, December 19: Setup day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20: Packing day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21: Delivery day: Mass at 8 a.m. then deliveries from 9 a.m. until finished, usually around noon.


Christmas in the Cage – Saturday, December 21

Join us in the Heider Center on Saturday, December 21 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 Navigators from Lincoln North Star, with the JV game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

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


Christmas Midnight Mass – Wednesday, December 25

The 2019 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 25. As always, this is a special time for the Prep community to come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord.

If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the volunteer roles listed earlier in this Parent Pulse, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry.


Prep Notes


Nothing Bundt Cake Order Pickups

If you ordered a Nothing Bundt Cake during the recent fundraiser for the CP Football Booster Club, you or your son can pick it up in the commons on Monday, November 25 from 2-6 p.m. Contact Molly Sengstock with any questions.


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Lacrosse Team Reaches State Semifinals
Posted 06/27/2019 12:02PM

The varsity lacrosse team had a very good year in 2019, achieving a 9-3 record and reaching the state semifinals in late May. In addition, Max King, Alex Kontz, Mark Mausbach, Mac Nelson and David Spitzenberger were named all-state. “We fell a little short of our ultimate goal of defending our state title but we overcame challenges in the state tournament and were able to make a great run,” said Head Coach Steve Haney ‘87.

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