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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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:


1980 Football Team

1981 Baseball Team


Joe George '68

Jim Jacobsen '69

John Bendon '78 +

Greg Barrios '86


Tom Beck ‘84


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 November 8 Parent Pulse
Posted 11/08/2019 01:15PM


Health & Wellness in Focus

“Change in the Season … Change in Our Moods” by Kevin Kaminski

This week’s Parent Pulse begins a series of informative postings by Mental Health Practitioner Kevin Kaminski. The first, entitled “Change in the Season … Change in our Moods,” discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder and its symptoms.

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


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 School Traditions 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


15-20 More Auction Acquisition Volunteers Needed for BASH 2020

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. And we are in need of 15-20 more volunteers for this role.

Please consider signing up today by emailing BASH Associate Terri Haller or calling her at 402-548-3845. Terri can also answer any questions you may have.

Then mark your calendar for the Auction Acquisition Kickoff for BASH 2020 that takes place Tuesday, November 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 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. Thank you!

The auction acquisition executive committee chair and co-chair are Prep moms Denise Barrett and Bridget Tynan.


Eucharistic Adoration - Friday, November 15

You are invited to the Skinner Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on this day to volunteer for an “hour of power” before the Blessed Sacrament. Sign up today

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 chapel.

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. The Eucharistic adoration Friday for next month is December 13.


Readers, Gift Bearer Family and EMHCs Needed for 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. Thank you!


Events November 10-12


Pancake Breakfast for Operation Others – This Sunday

Support Operation Others through the purchase of a pancake breakfast in the parish hall at St. Leo Catholic Church (1920 N. 102 Street) on Sunday, November 10 after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses. The breakfast costs $7 for adults, $3 for children and $22 for families, and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, fruit, coffee and orange juice.


Alumni Memorial Mass – This Sunday

Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends of Creighton Prep,

The Church has a wonderful custom of setting aside November as a special time for prayerfully remembering our deceased loved ones. We believe it is especially appropriate to remember them during the Eucharist, which is a sign of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Therefore, the Creighton Prep Jesuit community will remember your loved ones in two special ways as we celebrate the Eucharist.

We ask you to join us as we gather as a Prep community on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center for the Alumni Memorial Mass. Although the Mass is for all deceased members of the Prep community, it is especially for our former students who have died during the past year (between the dates of October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019). Please park in the west lot and note that refreshments and pastries will be served following the Mass.

We also invite you to share in our prayers by sending us the names of your deceased relatives and friends through a prayer request on our FaithCP site. We will place those names at the altar in the Skinner Chapel during the month of November when we will pray for you and your intentions during our daily community Eucharist.

  • Click HERE to register for the Alumni Memorial Mass.
  • Click HERE to send us the names of your deceased relatives and friends.

These prayers and Masses are our gift to you. It is our privilege to minister to you in this way.

We pray that God will continue to bless you for your wonderful commitment to Creighton Prep and your unfailing support of the mission of Jesuit education in Omaha.

In the Lord,

Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ


Creighton Prep


Wrestling Open House & Free Clinic – This Sunday

Join the Creighton Prep wrestling community to celebrate the newly renovated wrestling room. The open house runs from 2-2:30 p.m. then a free wrestling clinic for K-12th graders takes place from 2:45-4:15 p.m. The clinic will be directed by Patrick Rollins '10, a former CP state champion wrestler and NCAA tournament qualifier. Register and contact Andrew Fisher with any questions.


CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius Meeting with Joe Ryberg – Monday, November 11

The CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius retreat experience continues its 13th year that evening from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 118 (in the hallway south of the main entrance). Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will direct the meeting, and Academic Principal Joe Ryberg will be the guest speaker.

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 us on the second Monday of each month through May as we pray the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with Fr. Schneider and learn about Ignatian spirituality.


Christmas eBASH is Coming – Tuesday, November 12

Get ready for Christmas eBASH, starting Tuesday, November 12 and running through Monday, December 9! Bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties while supporting CP. Bookmark www.BidPal.net/ChristmaseBASH now!


Events November 23-December 25


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!


Junior Jays-for-Bluejays Pregame Social – Tuesday, December 17

Looking for a great way to enjoy the Christmas season at a fun event downtown? Band together with other Creighton Prep fans and flock to The Blatt at 610 N. 12th Street for a Junior Jays-for-Bluejays pregame social that evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Enjoy beverages and appetizers at The Blatt compliments of Prep then take the short walk over to the CHI Health Center to cheer on our big brother school, Creighton University, in their 7:30 p.m. game against the University of Oklahoma. All alumni, current parents, and friends of Prep are invited. Spread the word!

Go Jays (and Jr. Jays)!


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. Thank you!


Prep Notes


Order Online from the CP Holiday Store Through Sunday

If you like Under Armour-branded Prep gear, you can order a selection of it online from the Creighton Prep Holiday Store through Sunday.

Choose from a PREP long-sleeve T-shirt or CP-logoed polo, quarter-zips, jacket and workout shorts. After you order through the site with your credit card, it will be shipped to Jay Mart Manager Molly Sengstock at Prep within 2-4 weeks. You will be notified when it’s ready for pickup. Just in time for Christmas! 


Academic Decathletes Medal at Gross High School Scrimmage

Prep students on the Academic Decathlon excelled at last weekend’s Gross High School scrimmage, including the following medalists. Go, CPAD!


Medal and Subject

Will Bolay

Gold (Math)

Dean Davis   

Silver (Math)

Connor Gregg  

Gold (Math) and highest team scorer 

Charlie Hough

Silver (Math), Bronze (Art)

Nate Limas

Bronze (Math)

Brian Martin

Gold (Math)

Daniel Meyer

Silver (Literature), Silver (Math)

Owen Morrow

Gold (Math), Silver (Literature)

Ryan Plambeck     

Silver (Math)

Michael Rowe

Bronze (Math)

Paul Szalewski

Silver (Math)


Buy Nothing Bundt Cakes to Support the Football Booster Club

If you like a sweet dessert, buy Nothing Bundt Cakes on the Prep website until Monday. Twenty percent of the sale proceeds go to support the football booster club. Contact Molly Sengstock with any questions.


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