THE APRIL 3RD PARENT PULSE
WEEKLY UPDATE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL, JIM BOPP
Thank you to all the parents who took time to offer feedback through last week’s survey on Prep’s transition to online learning. Your reflections have been very helpful to us as we continue to make adjustments. They were also a source of inspiration and consolation for all of us as we continue our efforts to provide our students with the best experience of community, spiritual formation, and academic advancement possible.
A clear source of concern to the community is the status of our graduation ceremony. All seniors and their parents should have received an email with a video update from Fr. Neitzke, SJ, that clarifies our intention to hold a traditional in-person baccalaureate mass and commencement ceremony for all seniors and their families once circumstances allow.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold a prom or post-prom this school year. However, we are making plans to host a major celebration for all Prep students, including those from the Class of 2020, and students from the metro Catholic high schools once such gatherings are permitted.
Finally, a reminder that Prep will celebrate Holy Week and Easter by taking a break from all classes and activities beginning next Thursday, April 9, through the following Monday, April 13. You can find the full schedule for the remainder of the school year here.
COVID-19 AND ONLINE LEARNING UPDATES
NSAA Cancels Spring Sports Message from Dan Schinzel, Director of Athletics
All remaining NSAA activity practices and competitions, including district and state competitions, have been cancelled for this school year. These cancelations are part of a new Directed Health Measure issued by Governor Ricketts. In addition, Creighton Prep's athletic facilities will continue to be closed and off-limits for use.
We understand that the loss of the spring sports season impacts not only the athletes and coaches who are participating but also all of the students, parents and alumni who follow and support our teams. The news is especially hard for the seniors who will not be able to represent Prep for one last season.
Athletics at Prep plays an important role in helping form and strengthen our sense of community and that is something we certainly need during challenging times. It is our hope that following the state and local health department directives will help ensure NSAA activities will return to a normal schedule for the fall season.
Lastly, our spring coaches at all levels have reached out to their team members with this information. Additionally, we will be granting all varsity athletes their varsity letters and are working on a way to distribute those in the near future. Look for an email from Dan Schinzel about how this process will work.
COVID-19 and Managing Our Worries and Anxiety
In his latest article, Kevin Kaminski, Prep’s mental health practitioner, offers four ways to assist in managing worry and hopefully lessen the potential for more significant anxiety levels. If your son is struggling emotionally, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kevin to set up a video conferencing appointment for him.
Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary
A comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents.
SUPPORT PREP THROUGH VIRTUAL BASH 2020
VIRTUAL BASH 2020, our 50th-anniversary BASH, includes an online auction, a raffle drawing and raise the paddle, and it's a great way to support Prep and our deserving students.
Raise the Paddle
Participate in our online auction starting Monday, April 20.
Choose from a selection of great items to help Prep.
15% of auction proceeds will be donated to Jesuit Academy.
The drawing for $10,000 cash takes place on Saturday, April 25.
Tickets are $100, 3 for $250, 7 for $500 or 15 for $1,000.
Contact Amy Knight for more information.
Thank you! We truly need your support and greatly appreciate all you are able to do during VIRTUAL BASH 2020. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Amy Knight, director of events or call her at 402.670.4774.
Danny Poulos Scholarship Recipient Named
Congratulations to Carson Reynolds ‘23 on being named the recipient of the Danny H. Poulos III Leadership Scholarship.
The scholarship was established by Danny Poulos ’19 for a member of the Class of 2023. It was available to the applicant who provided the best answer to two questions in 500 words or less: “What makes you a leader?” and “How will you continue your leadership at Creighton Prep?”
Thanks to everyone who applied for the scholarship and to Danny for establishing it, being a Man for Others and supporting Prep.
Daily Student Prayer
Today's Morning Prayer comes to us from our very own Ryan Kenney ‘20. Thank you Ryan for putting this together and representing Prep well!
Campus Ministry Mini-Retreat Night on Tuesday, April 7
On Tuesdays, Campus Ministry has been hosting “mini-retreat nights” for students from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom. If your son would like to participate, he can access the Zoom link via the daily announcements or he can receive more information from Kelly Barth, Jerry Kinney, or Dave Lawler. We typically gather for prayer, a short witness talk, and then small group time.
Other CP Prayer Opportunities:
Faith CP - Daily Scripture & Reflection and more.
Daily Examen - With senior Matt Lemar, scroll down past scripture.
CP Mass - Daily & Weekly with our CP Jesuits.
Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 22
The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Prep Heider Center on Wednesday, April 22. This helps ensure there is an available blood supply over the next several weeks for surgery patients, victims of emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer.
Parents, students, alumni, and friends of Prep are invited to donate by signing up for a time. In addition to social distancing procedures you’ll need to follow, please review the Red Cross COVID-19 Safety Precautions in place for their blood drives. Donors must be 17 years old. Students who are 16 years old can donate with a parent permission slip, but will need to contact Dave Lawler to sign up. If you have any questions, please email Dave.
2020-2021 School Calendar
You can download this PDF calendar summary for your reference or view it on the website.
Order through AmazonSmile to Help Prep
If you use Amazon to order products online, did you know that you can order products through their AmazonSmile website and get 0.5% of your purchase price on eligible products donated to Prep?
Here’s what you can do the next time you want to order from Amazon:
Go to smile.amazon.com.
Log in to your Amazon account.
Select “Creighton Preparatory School” as your charity for donations.
Find products you want to buy that also have “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” marked on their product pages.
Add them to your shopping cart.
Check out when ready.