eFolder for November 9

Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone who to participated in our first Career and Resource Fair last night. It was a great success!

Virtue of the Month-Gratitude

During the month of November, in the spirit of giving, there will be several opportunities to show our gratitude for all that we have, and help those less fortunate. The week of November 12th will be “Give Back” week at SMS. We will be holding a canned food drive, sponsored by Student Council.

Students and staff are invited to participate in Jeans for Genes day for a $1 buyout. It will be on Thursday, November 15th. Jeans can be paired with your favorite purple shirt in support of cystic fibrosis or an SMS spirit shirt.

The SMS cheerleader will also be holding the following fundraising events next week.

Tuesday- hot chocolate and treat sale after school everything $1

Wednesday- bake sale after school everything $1

Thursday- CF cookie sale $1 for 2

Friday- 65 roses sale $5

(65 roses started when a little boy thought instead of Cystic Fibrosis it was called 65 roses)

Each class is invited to bring change all week for a class competition. The winning class will receive popcorn and movie party. “We can’t CHANGE our genes but we can collect CHANGE for a cure”

All proceeds made this week will be donated to the Peoria Area Cystic Fibrosis chapter in honor of one of our fellow Marksmen.

*Participation in these opportunities for giving is completely optional!

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, November 13 – Friday, November 16

SMS Gratitude Week

Student Council Food Drive

Thursday, November 15

“Jeans for Genes” Day (Wear jeans and a purple shirt (or spirit shirt) for a $1 donation to Cystic Fibrosis)

Wednesday, November 21 – Friday, November 23 Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 10

SMS Christmas Program 6:30 PM

America Reads Spring Session

Parents wanting their children to participate in the America Reads spring tutoring session will need to fill out the application attached to this week’s eFolder. For those not familiar with the program, it is a free after school tutoring program offered by Bradley University students. The program is offered Monday-Thursday. There are two sessions: 3-3:45 PM and 3:45-4:30 PM. Your child may attend one or two sessions per week. More information is available on the application. The spring session begins Monday, February, 4th.

8th Grade Confirmation Project

Two of our 8th graders will be hosting a bake sale after the 4:30PM, 9AM, and 11AM Masses on November 17th and 18th. All proceeds will be donated to St. Mark School.

Dress Code

Please remember that from November 1st until April 1st, shorts and skorts are not allowed as part of the uniform. Sweatpants and flannel pants can be worn under skirts and jumpers on the playground for warmth, but are not allowed in the building. Girls may wear leggings under jumpers and skirts, but all leggings must be ankle length solid black or navy. Also, please remember that only the royal or navy St. Mark sweatshirts are part of the uniform. IESA sweatshirts can be worn outside for warmth, but are considered spirit wear, not part of the uniform.

Students need appropriate clothing for outdoor recess. Many students did not have warm coats, gloves, and hats for recess this week. Please remember to mark all clothing with names so that lost items can be returned to their rightful owners.

Family Lunch and Before/Aftercare Balances

Please be sure you are checking your family lunch and before/aftercare account balances via ParentsWeb. Instructions are below.

Once logged into your parents web account, select the FACTS tab on the left hand side.

Once on the FACTS screen you will see a snapshot of your balances. You will also see an option on the bottom right of this page for the “FACT home page” select that option and you will be taken to your FACTS account. Here is where you will be able to view our charges in detail.

Any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

*Please be sure to pay any balances promptly.

Illinois Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program

The Invest in Kids Scholarship is offered through the Illinois’ Tax Credit Scholarship program and generates private dollars for K-12 scholarships to low-income and working-class students who attend qualified non-public schools throughout Illinois.

St. Mark had $58,000 available to award families. 87 students applied for assistance and 19 students were awarded scholarships. This was 20% of the students needing assistance for this school year. Based on need and first-come, first-serve basis, these families received 100%, 75%, or 50% of their tuition, and the donor receives a 75% Illinois tax credit on the amount of their donation to the SGO, Scholarship Granting Organization. We are grateful to all of our donors, and truly appreciate their help!

As you can see, we still have a great need for donations. Please contact the school office if you would like more information on the tax benefits of donating.


The largest fundraiser for the school is looking for your help! St. Mark’s School’s 20th auction will be held on March 30! We are looking for another co-chair as well as help with all the committees (acquisitions, decorations, set up, dessert dash, etc.) for this very fun event! Interested in helping or learning more? Please contact Maria Carroll at mariakingcarroll@gmail.com.

PND News

8th Grade Placement Makeup Exam – Saturday, November 10th

The 8th Grade Placement Makeup Exam is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10th from 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Prospective 8th grade students will take the High School Placement Test at PND. Check-in begins at 7:30 AM and testing begins at 8:00 AM. Register online at https://www.peorianotredame.com/placemen

PND Christmas Kids Dance Camp

The PND dance team will be holding a dance camp on Saturday, December 1st from 8:30-11:30AM. Campers will perform at 11:30AM.

PND Santa Breakfast

Peoria Notre Dame High School will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 from 9AM – 11AM in the PND Commons. Children of all ages are welcome. Breakfast will be pancakes and sausage. Activities will include face painting, arts and crafts, and a musical performance by Julie K.

This event is the same day as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Kyle Lucas will be offering Mass at PND prior to the event – tentatively at 8:00 AM.

PND Honors Academy

Please use this link to find more information regarding the PND Honors Academy for incoming freshmen.

PND Shadow Visits

8th grade students are invited to experience a day in the life of a PND student by scheduling a shadow visit. Shadow visitors will have a chance to explore the PND campus, attend classes and lunch, and learn more about the activities that PND offers. Please visit https://my.peorianotredame.com/shadow-request to schedule your visit.

High School Visit Days

Please note that there is a form that must be signed by St. Mark’s teachers and principal at least 72 hours in advance if your child would like to do a high school visit.

Winter STEAM at Jump Simulation

Jump Simulation is excited to announce a new slate of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) courses for Winter 2019. Beginning in January, middle and high school students will have the chance to select from two different courses.

The first: Empathy and Engineering Extravaganza will teach participants how to design and build devices that could help those with physical challenges. The second: Emergency Skills Challenge will give students the chance to participate in hands-on emergency medicine workshops where they will learn to do chest compressions, defibrillation, IV insertion and intubation.

You can register now at jumpsimulation.org/STEAM

More information is also available by contacting the events team at events or by calling at 309-677-0810.

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need one room parent to help in 8th grade. Help is also needed for the Boys’ basketball home game on Monday, December 3rd.

The Cookie Walk and Santa Breakfast on December 9th are also in need of help. To volunteer to help with the breakfast or to sign up to donate cookies, please visit the Sign Up Genius page. There is a sign up for the breakfast, and a separate sign up for cookie donations.

To sign up click on the following link:


Calendar of Events

Saturday, 11/10

8th grade placement test (makeup testing) at PND check-in begins at 7:30 AM, test at 8 AM

Monday, 11/12

No School in Observance of Veterans Day

Girls BB @ Blessed Sacrament starting at 5:30PM

Wednesday, 11/14

Class/Group/Team pictures

Girls BB @ St. Jude starting at 5:30 PM

Boys BB @ St. Phils starting at 7 PM

Thursday, 11/15

“Genes for Jeans” for $1

Pre K conferences

Friday, 11/16

Pre K conferences

Lunch Menu

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Tacos, cheese, lettuce, salsa, corn, black beans, applesauce, milk

Wednesday: Pepperoni pizza, lettuce mix w/dressings, mixed fruit, milk

Thursday: Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, cinnamon apples, pumpkin bars, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Grilled cheese or PBJ sandwich, fries, sliced peaches, milk

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