THE August 23 PARENT PULSE
Freshman/Big Brother Service Days
All freshmen and senior big brothers are required to participate in one of two service days this semester: Friday, September 20 or Friday, November 8. Dave Lawler, Prep’s service coordinator, is meeting with all of the freshmen and big brothers during Community Period on Tuesday, August 27 to let them know which day they have been assigned and to share information about the service days.
On those days, the senior big brothers will pick up their freshmen little brothers in the morning, take them to Prep then to the service sites and lunch, and drop them off at home at the end of the day. At 9 a.m.at Prep, they will enjoy donuts, juice and a short prayer service. They will travel to service sites in Omaha to volunteer from 10-11:30 a.m. then to lunch. Freshmen should bring money for lunch.
If there are any conflicts or questions, please email Dave Lawler or call him at 402-393-1190.
Help with Preptoberfest on Saturday, September 21
Preptoberfest, a celebration of all things Prep including Reunion Weekend, will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 4:30 to 10 p.m., and we need parent volunteers to sign up to help before, during and after the event. From working the ID and wristband station to stocking and serving beverages, there’s a way for you to get involved!
If you have any questions or need more information, please email Amy Knight or call her at 402-393-1190.
Your Time and Talent Needed on BASH 2020
Commit today to be one of the 500 volunteers who will make BASH 2020 on Saturday, April 25 a success for the many hundreds of students who rely on financial assistance to attend Prep. Not only will it be our largest fundraiser of the school year, BASH 2020 will be the 50th consecutive BASH!
Starting soon, we’ll need lots of parents to help with acquiring auction items. Later on in January, to sell raffle tickets, help with decorations and write descriptions for the catalog. Setting up auction items in the Heider Center in late April, working on the social committee at the event, and assisting with tear-down and cleanup will be important, too.
Volunteering for BASH is a great way to give back to Prep and meet great people!
Student Leaders Needed for Youth Frontiers Retreats on Wednesday, September 18
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, St. Margaret Mary’s School is hosting a 5th Grade Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat and the Catholic Schools Consortium is hosting a 7th Grade Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat. Both St. Margaret Mary’s and the Catholic Schools Consortium have asked for Prep students to act as leaders for these retreats.
If your son is interested in being a leader, please have him contact Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office. These retreats take place during the school day, so volunteers will need to complete a Planned Absence Form in order to participate.
Donate Belts and Dress Shoes for Student Use
The Dean’s Office is welcoming donations of belts and dress shoes (any size) to have on hand for student use. To donate, enter the building through the Administration entrance from the east parking lot, and sign in at the switchboard. The receptionist will direct you to the Dean’s Office. Thank you!
Volunteer in the Prep Moms Organization
Dear Prep Parents and Guardians,
Did you know that mothers, fathers and guardians become members of the Prep Moms organization when their young men register at Prep? It's true! Volunteering on Prep Moms committees is a super way for you, grandparents and friends of Prep to get involved at the school, work alongside great people and help make Prep events successful.
When the committees in which you express interest need volunteers, you will receive an email directing you to a page where you can sign up for specific tasks.
Please also plan to attend any or all of our five meetings scheduled for the school year. At the meetings, we will discuss group business and host a featured speaker such as Head of School Jim Bopp or President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ. Our first one is Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room.
I look forward to serving as your Prep Moms President this year! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Prep Moms President, 2019-2020
Blue-White Game Tonight
Get a preview of the varsity and junior varsity football teams as they play in the annual Blue-White Game tonight at 6 p.m. in Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium, located at the northwest corner of campus. See you there!
Welcome Dance Tonight
The Student Council invites all current Prep students and students from Duchesne, Marian and Mercy to attend the Welcome Dance tonight in the Sullivan Center.
The price of admission is $5 per student. Prep students must have their demerit card, and students from Duchesne, Marian and Mercy must have a student I.D. to enter. New students from the three all-girls schools who have not yet received an I.D. are also welcome. We will have lists of students provided by their respective schools.
Doors will open immediately after the Blue-White Game ends, and the dance will end at 10:30 p.m. Prep students should arrange to be picked up in the west lot. In addition, they can bring only one female guest from other schools besides those listed above and must have had a formal Guest Pass obtained, completed and returned to the Dean's Office by noon on Friday, August 23 (today).
College Admissions Counselors Visiting Prep – August 27-30
College admissions counselors from the schools listed below will be visiting Prep the week of August 26. Juniors and seniors interested in attending need to notify their teachers in advance that they will be missing class, and they are responsible for the material covered while they are away from class.
All meetings will be held in the office of Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark. She will give students a pass at the end of each visit to return to class. Seniors attending the Nebraska Wesleyan and Claremont McKenna visits can bring their lunch to Mrs. Clark’s office.
Tuesday, August 27
9:45 a.m. Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)
Wednesday, August 28
12:45 p.m. Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Friday, August 30
12:45 p.m. Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, California)
Prep Lacrosse Players Meeting – Tuesday, August 27
The lacrosse team will be hosting a players meeting on Tuesday, August 27 from 3:00-3:45 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. Any returning players or new players (with or without experience) should attend. We will discuss the fall practice schedule and tournament schedule.
Returning players who are involved with a fall sport should email Head Coach Steve Haney to receive the information covered at the meeting.
Jr. Jays 12th Man Club Meetings – August 27, September 18 and October 22
Fathers of current student-athletes in the Prep football program and Prep alumni are invited to the Jr. Jays 12th Man Club meetings on Tuesday, August 27, Wednesday, September 18 and Tuesday, October 22. These meetings replace the Creighton Prep Football Dads Night event from the past few years.
They will take place at Cunningham’s Pub and Grill at 10904 West Dodge Road beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. then an overview of Junior Jay football presented at 7 p.m. by Head Coach Tim Johnk.
The cost is $25 for all three meetings, and includes appetizers and a beverage ticket at each one. A menu and a cash bar will also be available.
Please email your RSVP by August 26 to Dennis Sonderman ’78 and mail your $25 check to Creighton Prep Football Booster Club 1615 S. 126 Street Omaha, NE 68144.
Mass of the Holy Spirit – Thursday, August 29
You are invited to join the students, faculty and staff, and Jesuit community in the Heider Center at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 29 for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is a formal dress day for students.
At this special Mass that annually marks the beginning of a new academic year, we will ask for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our community. The Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, will preside and be assisted by, among others, Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ, the president of Prep. Together, they will distribute missioning crosses to the student leaders of Prep clubs and activities.
Since this is traditionally the school's largest Mass of the year, please arrive early and enter the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot or the commons entrance next to the west parking lot. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, August 29!
Parking and Entry Gate Info. – Prep Football vs. Omaha North – Friday, August 30
Due to construction at Burke Stadium, the west parking lot and gate will be closed for the first home football game against North on Friday, August 30. The temporary home gate will be located on the south end of the stadium at field level (ambulance entrance). The east visitor gate will not be affected.
Adult fans and families will be able to enter the stadium using either the south home gate or the east visitor gate. Prep students will only be allowed to use the south home gate.
Parking will be available in the Burke school parking lots to the east of the stadium and on the streets. Please be aware that certain streets have no parking signs posted.
Student Activities Fair – Tuesday, September 3
During the 9:35 a.m. late start morning on Tuesday, September 3, Prep will host its annual Student Activities Fair in the Mullen Gym from 8:25-9:25 a.m. Club moderators and student leaders will be on hand to present information about the activity of each club and joining the club. Please email Mr. Dan Kennedy, SJ with any questions or concerns.
Meeting for Trip to England and Scotland in May 2020 – Tuesday, September 3
Expecto Patronum! Interested in going to England and Scotland in May 2020 with Creighton Prep and Harry Potter? Join fellow Anglophiles and Potterheads at an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:15 p.m. in Room 217.
Prep students, families and friends are welcome as we discuss tour highlights including historic London sights that inspired J.K. Rowling, scenes from the films, Wembley Stadium, a ghost tour of Edinburgh, and a boat tour of Loch Ness. Contact Ms. Martin or Ms. Townley with any questions.
Prep Moms Meeting – Tuesday, September 3
The first Prep Moms meeting of the new school year will be held on Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room just inside the Heider Center entrance. All Prep parents are welcome to attend, and Head of School Jim Bopp will be there to provide an update on the school.
These meetings are a great way to learn about Prep and to get involved at the school. See you there!
Prep Lacrosse Parents Meeting - Thursday, September 5
The Prep lacrosse team will host an informational meeting for parents on Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. Parents of both returning and new players for the upcoming fall and spring seasons are encouraged to attend. Head Coach Steve Haney and other members of the coaching staff will discuss the fall practice schedule, the season, equipment ordering, and answer any questions for attendees.
Please email Coach Haney with any questions.
Mom’s Football 101 - Monday, September 9
Prep moms, join your fellow gridiron fans on Monday, September 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium for Mom’s Football 101. This is a fun tradition for moms and friends to hear more about the game from Head Coach Tim Johnk.
Coach Johnk will diagram some plays, outline goals for the season and answer all of your football-related questions. Drinks and appetizers will be served, too. RSVP to Kim Hubner. Admission will be $5 at the door.
On that evening, please enter the building through the main entrance on the east side of the building.
Coffee and Conversation for Senior Parents – September 10 and 19
Senior parents, please note that the Counseling Office will be sponsoring Coffee and Conversation for Senior Parents in the Carta Hall of Fame Room on Tuesday, September 10 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 p.m.
Counselors will be present to answer any questions you have about the college application process, college scholarships or paying for college.
Q&A with Selective University Deans – Tuesday, September 10
On Tuesday, September 10, juniors, seniors and their parents are invited to a meeting with the vice presidents of enrollment at Boston College, Marquette University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Iowa. The meeting will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the commons, and the VPs will address questions such as:
- How does a student select a college when they’re unsure about a major?
- What are common mistakes and how do we avoid them?
- To how many colleges should a student visit and apply?
- How are admissions decisions made?
- Where do we look for financial assistance?
After the formal program, they will have a few minutes to meet with interested families.
Look for more information soon from Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark.
Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, September 16
Register now for the annual Men for Others Golf Classic that will take place on Monday, September 16 at the Omaha Country Club. This is always a great occasion that helps raise money for need-based assistance to qualified Prep students.
The format will be two-player best ball. Check-in / driving range begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The individual golfer fee is $450.
If you would like to help sponsor the event, please call Vice President of Advancement Rick Berger ‘76 at 402-393-1190. Thank you!
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, too!
Register for Preptoberfest.
Sports Night Featuring George Brett – Tuesday, September 24
Join us in the Heider Center 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 for the 28th Annual Sports Night.
- 5:30 p.m. – Social, silent auction and BBQ dinner
- 7 p.m. – Oral auction
- 7:15 p.m. – Program featuring George Brett
- Individual tickets: $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.
NACAC College Fair – Sunday, October 13
The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) will be hosting the Omaha National College Fair at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha on Sunday, October 13 from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.
Get more information on student registration and see a list of participating schools.
Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast – Sunday, October 20
Prep mothers, register now for the annual Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast on Sunday, October 20. This special occasion is for mothers and sons of the Prep community, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, and the Mass will be concelebrated by members of Prep's Jesuit community. The cost is $22 per person.
We’d like to have all Prep mothers and sons there, especially the members of the Class of 2023. Of particular concern to us is the student who may not have a mother at home. We encourage him to come with a sister, aunt, grandmother or another student and his mother.
Sunday, October 20 at 10 a.m.
Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center
The Windsor Ballroom
12520 Westport Parkway (conference center entrance)
Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 23
Spend the evening of Wednesday, October 23 in celebration with the 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 402-393-1190.
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
We invite all Prep parents to check out the Jay Mart, our very own school spirit store where proceeds benefit Prep faculty, staff and students.
Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every school day, and the store is located in the Smith Atrium, just outside the main entrance to the Heider Center. Students are welcome to shop the store during their lunch period, and parents may visit it by entering the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot.
Follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. For questions or additional information, contact Molly Sengstock.
Check Out Prep's FaithCP App
Have you downloaded Prep’s FaithCP app for iPhone and iPad yet? FaithCP is a prayer app that provides daily scripture, reflections and prayers grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Prayer requests submitted through the app are added to our prayer book in the Skinner Chapel. Use the FaithCP app to make prayer a daily part of your life this school year.
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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