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THE january 24 PARENT PULSE

  

School News

 

Prep Student in Need of Host Family

There is a young man at Prep who is looking for a host family for the rest of the semester, if there is anyone interested, please email Josh Luedtke or call him at 402-548-3872. Thanks.

 

$500 Scholarship Available For a Freshman Student

Danny Poulos, a member of the Class of 2019, is giving back to Prep by creating the Danny H. Poulos III Leadership Scholarship. It will be available to the freshman student (Class of 2023) who writes the best answer to the following two questions in 500 words or less: 

  • What makes you a leader?
  • How will you continue your leadership at Creighton Prep?

Freshmen just need to email their answers to Advancement@CreightonPrep.org by January 31, and the winner will be announced on March 23. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Catholic Schools Week Service Project 

On February 1st, students from Prep and Marian will be working with Restoring Dignity to do a home makeover project for a Karenni refugee family living in Omaha. Campus Ministry is looking for volunteers to help load and unload the truck from 8-10 a.m. and volunteers to help set up the home from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Prep and Marian students will have lunch together with the family after cleaning, organizing and moving the furniture and household items for them. If your son would like to volunteer, please have him contact Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office.

There are still some more household items we are looking to collect for the family. You can sign up here to donate an item and drop off donations in the Campus Ministry Office. Click here to learn more about the family we are helping. Thanks for your generosity!

 

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 92 days away as of Friday, January 24.

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

How can you participate?

Donate an Auction Item

Donate a gift or make a monetary donation to support the live auction, silent auction or eBASH (online) auction.

If you’re unsure of what to donate, members of the BASH team have created a SignUpGenius page to make it easy for you.

To donate an auction item, email Amy Knight or click HERE. The auction donation deadline is February 10.

Attend the Patron Party

  • Saturday, April 4 at the home of Prep parents Missi and John Schembari. 
  • A great event where Prep supporters gather in advance of BASH. 
  • Details on registering will be communicated in a future Parent Pulse.

Become a Premier Partner Sponsor

A Premier Partner sponsorship includes:

  • Special recognition in the BASH 2020 catalog and during the event.
  • A full-page catalog ad.
  • A digital ad on BidPal, our mobile bidding platform.
  • Four tickets to the BASH Patron Party on Saturday, April 4.
  • A table for 10 people at BASH 2020, a dedicated waiter and preferred valet parking.

See more on Premier Partner Sponsor options and become a Premier Partner Sponsor.

Buy or Sell Raffle Tickets

  • Help us sell raffle tickets for a grand prize drawing of $10,000. 
  • Tickets are $100, 3 for $250, 7 for $500 or 15 for $1000. 
  • Tickets go on sale tomorrow (January 25). 
  • Contact Amy Knight for more info.
  • Purchase a ticket from your son who has or will soon be receiving a ticket to sell.
  • BASH 2020 Student-Faculty-Staff Raffle Program highlights:
    • If sales reach $12,000 by February 21 - hoodies and sweatpants from Feb. 24-28.
    • If sales reach $35,000 by March 31 - hoodies and sweatpants for the month of April.
    • If sales reach $50,000 by April 25 - NO SCHOOL on Thursday, April 30.
    • Two drawings for $100 on Feb. 28, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17 (one student and one faculty/staff winner per drawing).
    • Top seller in each grade: $500 cash the week of April 27.

Purchase a Catalog Advertisement

  • Advertise your business in our BASH Is Golden 2020 catalog.
  • A variety of opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes.
  • Click HERE to purchase a catalog advertisement. 
  • The catalog advertising deadline is March 16.

Volunteer

  • We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make BASH a success.
  • Sign up now to help, and meet great people!
  • If you have questions, email Amy Knight or call 402-548-3858.

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!

We look forward to partnering with you.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Father-Son Mass & Breakfast – This Sunday

We look forward to seeing everyone who has registered for the Creighton Prep Father-Son Mass and Breakfast this Sunday, January 26 at 10 a.m.

Online registration for the event is now closed. However, if you have questions or need additional information before 4 p.m. today, please email Grace Cominoli or call 402-548-3881. If you have questions or need additional information after 4 p.m. today, please call Amy Knight at 402-670-4774.

The location for Sunday’s event:

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center
  • The Windsor Ballroom
  • 12520 Westport Parkway (conference center entrance)

 

The Rosary to Support Freshman Retreat – Thursday, February 6

The Prep community is cordially invited to the Rosary to Support Freshman Retreat on Thursday, February 6 at 6:15 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church (6116 Dodge Street). Freshman parents should drop off their sons at Prep prior to attending. 

This beautiful and meaningful event intensifies the prayer by mentioning each student by name. It is a powerful way for parents to be involved in the retreat without actually being there. 

The Rosary to Support Freshman Retreat is organized by CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius. If you have questions or would like to assist with the Rosary, please contact Jeanne Schulte.

 

Register for Mom Prom 2020 – Sunday, February 9

Register you and your son today for this 37th annual event that is a Creighton Prep tradition. Mom Prom 2020 “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” is also an opportunity for Prep mothers and sons to spend an evening together and raise money for the April post prom party.

Event Details

  • Sunday, February 9.
  • CHI Health Center - 455 North 10th Street.
  • Attire: Cocktail attire for moms, Prep formal dress for the boys.
  • 5 p.m. social hour.
  • 6 p.m. dinner.
  • 7 p.m. dancing.
  • Winning raffle tickets drawn during dessert so bring cash for great prizes.

Register

  • Click HERE to register online by February 3 at 4 p.m.
  • Click HERE to donate to the raffle.

Preorder Photos

  • Order and prepay for photos from Jeremy Johnson Photography.
  • Use passcode CPMS.
  • Website open for orders until 11:59 p.m. that evening.
  • Portraits taken at Mom Prom from 5-9 p.m.; selfie photo booth also available.

Questions?

See the postcard invitation that parents are receiving.

 

Register for CP Trivia Night – Friday, February 21

Register your table of eight now for this fun annual event in the commons! (Cost: $240.)

  • Social hour at 6 p.m.; questions at 7 p.m.
  • Participants must be 21.
  • Festive tables and costumes highly encouraged but not required. (No decorations beyond the sides of the table or obscuring views of the podium.)
  • Bring your own food and beverages. (A small supply of beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.)
  • Seating limited to the first 50 teams that have paid in full.

Email Nolan Searl ’09 or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 3312 for more information.

 

6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, February 22

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, February 22 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). 
  • Enter the building from the west parking lot. 
  • 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.

Email Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, with any questions or call him at 402-393-1256.

 

Attend the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony – Monday, March 9

Creighton Prep is proud to recognize alumni, coaches and supporters for outstanding contributions to the athletic program at the school. Their commitment, achievement and sense of sportsmanship set the standard for the young athletes who follow in their footsteps today.

On Monday, March 9, you are cordially invited to the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony in the Sullivan Center, recognizing the 2020 Hall of Fame honorees:

Teams

1980 Football Team

1981 Baseball Team

Athletes

Joe George '68

Jim Jacobsen '69

John Bendon '78 +

Greg Barrios '86

Coach

Tom Beck ‘84

Contributor

Russ Kreikemeier

On that night, please join us for a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Parking will be available in the west lot.

Tickets are $60 per person. Click HERE to register.

To nominate a former Creighton Prep team, athlete, coach or contributor for consideration to a future Athletic Hall of Fame class, click HERE.

 

Prep Notes

 

CyberPatriots Win First and Second at State

Our varsity and JV CyberPatriot teams won first and second at the state competition in December. Saturday, they advance to the semifinal round finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Good luck.

 

Congratulations to Academic Decathlon

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team on winning their regional at Central over the weekend, where every member of the team medaled. Team members are: William Bolay, Dean Davis, Daniel Deras, Connor Gregg (top team scorer), Charlie Hough, Daniel Kleinsmith, Brian Martin, Daniel Meyer, Owen Morrow, Patrick Rogers Paul Szalewski and Elijah Warren. Special thanks go to managers Ryan Plambeck and Peter Szalewski. Your coaches are proud of how hard you competed this year, team.

 

Robotics Teams Advance to Super Qualifier

Congratulations to two of Creighton Prep’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams for moving past the league meet and continuing on to the Iowa Super Qualifier in February. Additionally, Team 17111 represented by Major Rhotem, Joseph Romero and Mani Bakou won the "Recycle" award and competed in the final alliance matches.

 

Tom Beck '84 Named Midwest Section Swim Coach of the Year

Head Swim and Dive Coach Tom Beck ’84 was named by the National Federation of High Schools as the Midwest Section Swim Coach of the Year for 2018-19. Congratulations and well-deserved!

 

Congressional App Challenge Winners

Congressman Don Bacon visited Creighton Prep to congratulate the students who won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for Nebraska’s second district. The congressman presented senior Ben Hall and juniors Cian Weekly and Kevin Prososki with certificates and invited them to the annual House of Code ceremony held at the nation’s capital in the spring. 

While at Prep, Congressman Bacon also visited with AP Government students. He shared some political insights and fielded topical questions from them.

 

Film Students’ Work Selected for Omaha Film Festival 

Seniors Cooper Watkins, Evan Eggers, and Gabriel Foreman-Albers collaborated on a short western film titled "The Last Showdown" that was selected by the Omaha Film Festival. Their film, which was one of 90 chosen to be screened, will be shown during the festival from March 3-8, 2020 at Aksarben Cinema in Omaha.

 

Voting Begins Monday in the Spirit 102.7 FM Superstar Catholic School Contest

Vote for Creighton Prep in the annual Superstar Catholic School Contest presented by Spirit Catholic Radio from January 27 through February 8. You have two weeks to vote online at spiritcatholicradio.com/superstar. Last year Prep won in the Class A high school category. Let’s continue the winning tradition.

 

Support Coaches vs. Cancer

Creighton Prep is pleased once again to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign throughout the month of January to benefit the American Cancer Society. Donate online to help this worthy cause. Thank you!

 

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The August Prep Pulse
Posted 08/14/2019 04:48PM


Jesuit Reflection

Praying for the “gifts” and “fruit” of the Holy Spirit

There is a long tradition practiced at most Jesuit high schools, colleges and universities, of beginning the academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit. This tradition dates to 1548 and continues today, not only at Jesuit schools, but many other Catholic schools as well. It is a time when the students, faculty and staff gather together to pray for the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit as the academic year begins.

The Holy Spirit is present throughout salvation history. In the creation narrative in Genesis we see mention of the Spirit—who is represented as “a mighty wind sweeping over the waters” as the earth was being created (Genesis 1:1-2). Our core beliefs as Catholics, represented in the Nicene Creed, reminds us that that the Holy Spirit is “the Lord the giver of life”…“who has spoken through the prophets.” The Holy Spirit has spoken through the prophets of the Old Testament who helped prepare humanity for the coming of Christ into the world. The Holy Spirit has spoken through the inspired authors of the Gospels and other New Testament writings who help us understand what has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ. The “overshadowing of the Holy Spirit” makes possible the Incarnation...God dwelling among us in the person of Jesus Christ. Through the passion, death and resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit is sent forth upon the Church and the world.

In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth…” (John 14:15-16). Through the grace of Baptism we are given “the power to live and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1266). The Holy Spirit helps us to recognize sin in our own lives and sin in the world around us…which is the first step toward reconciling ourselves with God and becoming partners with God in helping to heal the world of its own brokenness.

In the Old Testament, the “gifts” of the Spirit are mentioned by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:1-3). The gifts of the Holy Spirit are, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude (the ability to courageously move forward in the face of challenges and difficulties), piety and fear of the Lord (reverence for God). The “fruit” of the Spirit is mentioned by St. Paul in his Letter to the Galatians, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23). Whether we begin this academic year as student, alumni, parent, faculty or staff, let us continue to draw close to our Lord and pray for these wonderful gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit... for ourselves and our world. 

Kevin Embach, SJ, MD

Creighton University School of Medicine

 

School News

 

Prep Welcomes 275 Freshmen to Begin 142nd Academic Year

Creighton Prep began its 142nd academic year by welcoming 275 freshmen in the Class of 2023. The students started at Prep on Friday, August 9 with an orientation session they attended with their senior Big Brothers.

Freshmen and their families then participated in the New Family Mass & Orientation event on Sunday, August 11. It began with Mass at 5 p.m. That was followed by dinner, an orientation for parents, and recreational activities for the students.

Registration and the first day of classes for freshmen happened on Monday, August 12. They and their senior Big Brothers went to the Mullen Gym for yearbook pictures then to the Heider Center to receive their class schedules. After that, freshmen went through an abbreviated school day that ended at 2:45 p.m.

Welcome, guys!

 

New Teachers, Staff Members and Volunteers Start at Prep

On Tuesday, August 6, new teachers, staff members and volunteers started their Prep journeys with an orientation, including Amalie Guldenpfennig (English), Donna Smith (Front Desk), Dan Kenney ’93 (Theology), Selwyn Bachus ‘14 (Alumni Volunteer Corps - ToMorrow Labs), Brett Berger ‘15 (Alumni Volunteer Corps - Student Support Services), Matthew Eastmo (Alumni Volunteer Corps - Theology), Martha Lemar (Theology), Tom Pacer ’92 (Design Technology), Bonodji Nako (World Language), Ashley Clary (Social Studies), Gwen Fisher (World Language), Anne Svehla (Mathematics), Ted Stessman ’07 (English) and Brad Burks ’00 (Advancement). Thanks for being here!

 

Five Points Bank Baseball Team Completes Season at State

Congratulations to Head Baseball Coach Pat Mooney, his staff and the entire Five Points Bank team on a fine 30-13 season that ended in the American Legion state tournament hosted at Jurgensen Park. The team was led by an outstanding senior class and won 16 of 18 games at one point. In May, the Prep varsity team reached the Class A state semifinals and posted a 20-12 record.

 

14th Annual Jayson Jewell Memorial Baseball Event a Success

Thanks to everyone who attended the 14th Annual Jayson Jewell Memorial Baseball Event on Tuesday, July 17 at Jurgensen Park when Jayson '05, an exceptional baseball player who passed all too soon in 2006, was remembered.

Highlights of the event included dinner, the introduction of seniors and their parents, and shortstop Nate Witkowski '19 receiving the 2019 Jayson M. Jewell Memorial Award from the Jewell family. The award is given each year to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the great qualities that Jayson brought to the game.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Mass of the Holy Spirit – Thursday, August 29

Prep students, faculty and staff members will gather for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, August 29 at 9:45 a.m. in the Heider Center, and you are welcome to attend. This annual event marks the beginning of a new school year and is an opportunity for all to ask for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our community. 

Since this is traditionally the school's largest Mass event of the year, you are encouraged to arrive early, park in the east lot and enter the Heider Center through the main entrance at the northwest corner of that lot.

 

Creighton Prep in Chicago  Wednesday, September 4

Please join us on Wednesday, September 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Big Star (Wrigleyville) at 3640 N. Clark St. for another great Chicago regional gathering for Prep alumni, past parents and friends!

We would like to have as many Prep community members attend as possible so please spread the word about the event. Thank you! 

If you need additional information or want to register by phone, call Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ‘09 at 402-548-3851. See you there!

 

Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, September 16

Want to put a great cap on your summer golf season and help CP at the same time? Save the date of Monday, September 16 for the 20th annual Men for Others Golf Classic at the Omaha Country Club. The individual golfer fee is $450. Register today

If you would like to help sponsor the event, email Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 or call him at 402-548-3851.

 

Reunion Weekend for the “4” and “9” Classes – September 20-21

If you are a Prep alumnus from a class year that ends in “4” and “9,” plan now to attend Reunion Weekend 2019 on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21. Preptoberfest 2019 is also planned for Saturday, September 21.

If you would like to help with the planning of your 2019 class reunion, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at mhuerter@creightonprep.org or 402-548-3851.

 

Preptoberfest – Saturday, September 21

Celebrate all things Prep on Saturday, September 21 at the second annual Preptoberfest. The event will once again take place in the west parking lot from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. While you’re there, enjoy live music, beer or wine, and food trucks. Be sure to arrive early for 4 p.m. Mass in the commons. The celebrant will be Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ.

Register for Preptoberfest today.

 

Sports Night Featuring George Brett – Tuesday, September 24

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Heider Center for Sports Night on Tuesday, September 24 when the school welcomes legendary Kansas City Royals third baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett as the featured speaker.

Evening Program

  • 5:30 p.m. - Social, silent auction and BBQ dinner
  • 7 p.m. - Oral auction
  • 7:15 p.m. - Program featuring George Brett

Tickets

  • Individual: $75 - $60 tax deductible
  • Table of 10: $700 - $550 tax deductible
  • *Sponsor Table: $1,000 - 850 tax deductible
    • *One person from each sponsor table is invited to a private cocktail reception with George Brett and will receive a gift and preferred seating at Sports Night.

Attire for the evening is business casual, and parking will be available in both the east and west lots. You may also park in the Hillside Elementary School lot west of Prep.

Reserve your seats for Sports Night. For more information, contact Dan Schinzel at 402-393-1190.

 

Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 23

You are cordially invited to spend the evening of Wednesday, October 23 in celebration with the Creighton Prep community at the 2019 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction. On that night, the following will be honored in the Sullivan Center:

Sword of St. Ignatius – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Alumnus of the Year – Patrick J. Duffy ‘90

Ancilla Domini – Karen Van Dyke

Hall of Fame – Robert J. “Bob” Carlisle ‘76

Hall of Fame – Cindy Heider

Tickets for the event are $60 per person. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Make your reservations today and see the names of former honorees

For questions or more information, email Grace Cominoli or call her at 402-548-3881.

 

Alumni Notes

 

Please Remember – Obituaries for the Month of July

Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted HERE. The Alumni Office will post a notice of the passing of Prep alumni, parents, spouses and children each month with the Prep Pulse. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive further obituary information, please contact Terri Haller.

 

Job Opening: Director of Alumni Relations

Would you like to work with our amazing alumni in support of Prep’s mission? Consider the Director of Alumni Relations position at CP. The school is seeking candidates, and you can learn much more here about qualifications, responsibilities and how to apply. 

 

Visit the Athletics Calendar for Fall Sports Schedules

Interested in attending one of the many fall sports events? Visit the Athletics Calendar to get the latest schedule information, including dates, times and locations!

When you visit the Athletics Calendar page, click on “View Schedules.” In the dropdown menu that appears, select a schedule (such as “Football – Boys Varsity” or “Tennis - Boys JV”) then click “View.”

 

Purchase a Junior Jaybacker Season Pass for the 2019-2020 School Year

Choose from a family pass or a two-person pass for all sports, all year or for football or basketball season only. Your season pass includes admission to all regular season home games (including non-varsity games) and admission to Junior Jaybacker events.

By purchasing a Junior Jaybacker season pass, you will:

  • Enjoy great high school sports.
  • Be part of the 141-year-old Prep athletic tradition.
  • Avoid long lines for tickets.
  • Save money!

For questions, contact Dan Schinzel or Kath Harmon.

 

Gear up for Fall at the Jay Mart

Need new threads to show off your Prep spirit? Check out the Jay Mart, our very own school spirit store where proceeds benefit our faculty, staff and students.

Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on school days, and the store is located in the Smith Atrium. When you arrive at Prep, please park in the east lot and enter at the Administration entrance. The receptionist will direct you from there.

Follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. For questions or additional information, contact Molly Sengstock.

 

All are Welcome at Seeking Truth Bible Study

If you’ve always wanted to try a bible study or grow in your faith, Seeking Truth is a great place to start. It is an international bible study that began at Creighton Prep and, in its 10th year, the group will be going back to the beginning and Genesis.

All are welcome! The class is taught by Sharon Doran, mother of five Prep graduates. Register for Thursday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. on September 12 and running through March. Learn more about the Seeking Truth 10 Year Anniversary Conference.

 

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