HEAD OF SCHOOL UPDATE
After closely reviewing our case counts and their suspected origins over the last several weeks and seeing the declining numbers across the county, we have decided to accelerate our transition to Level 1 - Normal Capacity so that it will begin on Monday, February 1.
Moving forward, our protocols will have two major differences from last semester worth noting. First, as is the case with the other Catholic schools in Omaha, close contacts that occur during the school day will be asked by the nurse to follow standard CDC-recommended quarantine measures. This means that a positive case in the classroom, at lunch, and in extra-curriculars will result in the quarantine of all students who were closer than six feet for more than 15 minutes. Prep will continue to follow the state’s athletics quarantine protocols.
The second major difference is that we will now determine the appropriate density level for our circumstances by relying primarily on our contact tracing data. In consultation with the school nurse and the Douglas County Health Department, the leadership team will switch the school to a different level if we determine that is a necessary course of action to mitigate the risk of classroom transmission. In addition to publishing the number of positive cases and quarantines each week, the nurse will also make note of any suspected cases of school-related transmission in our weekly updates.
Regarding those numbers, this week, we had four positive cases resulting in six close contacts at school. One of those positive cases is likely the result of transmission from a school-related activity. There are currently 23 people in quarantine.
We understand that switching to normal capacity may represent a degree of risk that is too high for some families. Fully remote learning remains an option. If you would like to pursue this, please contact your son's counselor before the end of next week to make arrangements. Students electing to transition to remote learning will be expected to remain in this status through the end of the third quarter. Please be advised that students are not permitted to go into and out of remote learning at will. For all those already enrolled in fully remote learning, there is nothing additional you need to do.
Regarding major spring events, none of the Catholic schools anticipate holding a traditional prom dance. Our student council is currently exploring other options for safe and fun alternatives for juniors and seniors. We do intend to move forward with Freshman Retreat on March 25-27. Additionally, we are finalizing arrangements to hold graduation on the morning of May 23 at Baxter Arena. We will provide more information for senior families once the contract is finalized. As you may have noticed, we are making accommodations for a limited number of students to attend sporting events as spectators, and we expect to move forward with our full lineup of spring sports. Student council and campus ministry are both planning a variety of other programs consistent with our Level 1 protocols.
We are pleased to see our numbers returning to the levels we saw in the fall. Thank you for your efforts in helping us mitigate the spread of COVID by keeping your sons home when they are not well or are close contacts of anyone who is positive. Please be sure to have your sons use our COVID screener each morning. Also, thank you for cooperating with our nurse Katie Corrigan as she works hard at contact tracing and quarantine. Our sincere hope is that we can all work together to limit the in-school transmission cases and maintain normal capacity for the remainder of the year.
COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATES
Weekly COVID-19 Transmission Update
Links to all of the COVID-19 emails sent to parents are listed on our website.
Monday, January 25: A-Day, White In-Person, Blue Remote
Tuesday, January 26: B-Day, White In-Person, Blue Remote
Wednesday, January 27: A-Day, Blue In-Person, White Remote
Thursday, January 28: A-Day, Blue In-Person, White Remote
Friday, January 29: B-Day, White In-Person, Blue Remote
Sunday, January 31: Virtual Mother-Father-Son Mass
Monday, February 1: Return to Level 1 - Normal Capacity
Friday, February 5: No School, Faculty In-Service Work Day
Tuesday, February 9: Mid-Quarter Progress Reports
Wednesday, February 10: 8:35 a.m. Late Start
Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday, Formal Dress Day
Friday, February 19: No School, Junior Encounter
March 25-27: Freshman Retreat
Speech & Debate
Junior Jack McNally finished fourth in the championship round of the Nebraska American Legion’s annual state oratorical contest in Columbus. And senior Dominic Mendlik received a fourth-place medal in extemporaneous speaking at a Westside competition.
Prep’s Academic Decathlon team earned a first-place win at regionals and now moves on to state with these individual team member performances:
Tyler Reidy: 1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze
Daniel Meyer: 3 silver, 1 bronze
Bryce Frailey: 3 bronze, 1 silver, 1 gold
Mark Bausch: 5 gold, 2 bronze
William Bolay: 2 gold, 4 silver
Patrick Kealey: 4 gold, 2 bronze
Peter Szalewski: 5 gold, 2 silver
Joe Nusrallah: 1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
Charlie Hough: 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
Andrew Peltz: 3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze
Gabe DeWeese: 3 silver, 2 bronze
Paul Szalewski: 6 gold, 1 bronze
Three Prep swimmers achieved state-best scores in a dual against Lincoln Southwest. John Watson won the boys 200 IM and the 100 backstroke, Sal Goaley won the boys 100 butterfly, and Drew Kaelin won the boys 100 breaststroke.
If a student did not elect the before and after school snack program, a credit will be issued for lunches missed on days students were in a remote learning model. We will determine the credit based on the learning models in place over both semesters this school year. To only issue one credit/refund per family, we will wait until the amount of missed lunch days has been fully determined for the year. Credits for freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be applied towards the lunch fee charged for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents of seniors will receive a check for their lunch credit as soon as the final amount has been determined.
Discussions with Omaha’s Legendary Athletes from “24th & Glory”
This last summer, Prep students read “24th and Glory,'' which chronicles the story of a remarkable group of athletes who emerged from Omaha’s near north side during the Civil Rights Era. Over the next several weeks, we will deepen our learning with a series of opportunities to engage further with “24th and Glory,” the history of Omaha, and the ongoing civil rights struggles. Here is what your son can look forward to:
January 26: Preston Love, Jr. will be visiting Creighton Prep and speaking about his memories of this time and his community leadership. He will give a brief address to the school, and then we will have a Q&A. We will all watch this event from our classrooms.
January 26: Heroes from the book, including Curlee Alexander, Jerry Bartee, Dick Davis, Marlin Briscoe, Johnny Rodgers, and Phil Wise, will talk to English classes. The panel discussion will be recorded for those who can’t watch live.
At a date to be announced: Matt Holland, author of “Ahead of their Time,” chronicling the story of the DePorres Club and Fr. Markoe, will visit with theology classes over Zoom and the session will be recorded.
Get a Yearbook Ad to Celebrate Your Senior While They Last
We have a few more spots available for your senior in the 2021 yearbook! You can honor your Class of '21 graduate with a senior dedication. Click here to submit your ad. The deadline has been extended to 2/8/21
Head to the JayMart for School Directories and a $5 Flash Sale
The JayMart is selling school directories for $8. Stop by every day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., to get your handy school reference. While you’re there, check out the $5 Flash Sale on select t-shirts, shorts, and planners, or pick up a Prep Under Armor beanie for men and women to keep your head warm.
FAITH & RETREATS
Freshman Retreat - March 25-27
Freshman Parents, mark your calendar for this year’s Freshman Retreat which will take place March 25-27. The retreat will start the evening of March 25 and will conclude around noon on March 27. This will NOT be an overnight retreat. Steve Monzu will share more details with parents as we get closer to the retreat.
Senior Retreat - May 6-7
Senior Parents, mark your calendar for this year’s Senior Retreat, which will take place during the evening of May 6 and during the day on May 7. Jerry Kinney will be meeting with seniors at the start of the 4th quarter with information about how they can sign up for this retreat.
Support the Archdiocese Scholarship Tax Credit Legislation
Nebraska remains one of only three states in the country with no policy that helps kids receive the education that is the best fit for them, regardless of income or zip code. This year, Senator Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, along with 14 cosponsors, introduced LB364, which would create a scholarship tax credit program benefiting kids who qualify for free and reduced lunch and who wish to attend a private school of their choice.
Please read Jim Bop’s letter asking parents to write thank you notes supporting the bill to our State Senator Brett Lindstrom. You can learn more about scholarship tax credit legislation at the Invest in Kids website.
Virtual Mother-Father-Son Mass - Sunday, January 31
Dear Prep Parents,
You are cordially invited along with your Prep son(s) to join us virtually via Zoom on Sunday. January 31 for the Mother-Father-Son Mass beginning at 11 a.m.
The Mass will be broadcast from the Heider Center and concelebrated by members of Prep's Jesuit community. After the service, there will be a short program with speakers, and you are encouraged to share a meal at home with your son(s) during that time.
This event is being held in lieu of our traditional Mother-Son and Father-Son Mass and Breakfasts for this school year only. There is no need to RSVP. For questions or additional information, please email Director of Events Amy Knight or call 402-548-3858. Thank you!
CP Virtual Trivia Night - Friday, February 19
Are you skilled at recalling facts quickly in a number of different categories? Would you like a fun virtual break with other members of the Prep community? Then mark your Friday, February 19 calendar now for CP Virtual Trivia Night!
Gather your team or family and register here with a $50 payment. As the date draws closer, we’ll email you instructions for how to log in and play at 7 p.m. that evening.
Since a team or family will need to play from a single location, please keep your group small, wear masks, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, and adhere to any other guidelines from the CDC and the county where you live.
Help Make Virtual BASH 2021 a Success for Prep Students - Saturday, April 24
Virtual BASH 2021 planning is now underway, and it's certain to be a special opportunity for each of us to support Prep's mission at a critical time. This online event will be held on Saturday, April 24.
BASH plays a very important role in Prep's ongoing commitments to deliver educational excellence to 1,000 young men, to keep their tuition affordable and to provide $3 million in annual financial assistance to over half of them.
BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community!
How can you participate?
Help Acquire or Donate Auction Items
Donate a gift or make a monetary donation to support the auction. Gifts of all varieties and sizes are needed and appreciated!
If you’re unsure what to donate, members of the BASH team have created a SignUpGenius page to make it easy for you. Click HERE to get started!
To donate an auction item, click HERE to fill out the acquisition form. The auction donation deadline is March 26.
If you have volunteered to help solicit items or would be willing to help, please mark your calendar for the auction solicitation kickoff which is set for Tuesday, February 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. or Wednesday, February 3 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The kickoff is held in the Creighton Room (EAST ENTRANCE) at Prep. This will only take 20 minutes of your time on one of these two days.
Buy or Sell Raffle Tickets
Help us by buying and/or selling raffle ticket(s).
1st Place Prize: $10,000 cash OR one year full tuition for one student for 2021-2022.
2nd Place Prize: $5,000 cash OR one-half year tuition for one student for 2021-2022.
3rd Place Prize: $1,000 cash OR one reserved parking spot for 2021-2022.
Tickets are $100, 3 for $250, 7 for $500 or 15 for $1000.
Tickets go on sale January 24 and will be available for purchase starting that day ONLINE or via Venmo @CreightonPrep.
Contact Amy Knight for more info.
Purchase a Catalog Advertisement
Advertise your business in our Virtual BASH 2021 digital catalog.
A variety of opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes.
Click HERE to purchase a catalog advertisement.
The catalog advertising deadline is April 7.
We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make BASH a success.
Get involved at Prep and meet great people!
SIGN UP NOW.
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.