Happy Friday! Thank you to all of the parents that attended our Back to School Night on Wednesday. If you were unable to attend, we may need you to complete some paperwork.
Anyone (parents, grandparents, siblings older than 18, etc.) who would like to volunteer in the school or attend a field trip must complete the following:
CMG Online Safe Environment (print certificate)
Safe Driver Training (print certificate)
Fill out the State of Illinois CANTS Form
S2 Verify Background Check (Criminal History Background Search Form)
Volunteer Code of Conduct Form
Directions on how to create an account and complete these trainings are included in our new volunteer packet that was attached to this week’s eFolder.
Families that have previously completed the above requirements only need to complete the Volunteer Code of Conduct form.
Please return all forms and certificates to the school office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Alexander in the school office.
There will be no school on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend! We will begin our regular day schedule on Tuesday, dismissing at 3 PM.
Thursday, September 6th will be our first monthly Faculty/Staff inservice. We will be dismissing at 12:30 PM. Lunch will be served before dismissal and Aftercare will be available.
Thursday will also be our first Spirit Day of the school year. Students are expected to follow our Spirit Day dress code:
Spirit shirts (any St. Mark shirt may be worn, including soccer, musical, IESA, etc., as well as regular spirit shirts and students that do not yet have a spirit shirt will need to wear a uniform shirt)
Jeans, jean shorts, or khakis (jeans must not be ripped or torn, and shorts must be an appropriate length for school)
Tennis shoes or school shoes
Students not dressed appropriately will be given uniform clothing to wear for the day.
School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 5th. Students are allowed to be out of uniform, but must be dressed in Catholic school appropriate attire. No spaghetti straps, tank tops, shorts skirts, short shorts, t-shirts with inappropriate sayings, ripped jeans or flip flops are allowed. Girls wearing leggings must wear tunic length tops. Information on ordering pictures online has been sent home with students.
The America Reads tutoring program is once again being provided for our students. This program is sponsored by Bradley University, and provides free, after school tutoring Monday-Thursday. There will be two sessions each day, 3:00-3:45 PM and 3:45-4:30 PM. You may register your child for one of two sessions each week. If possible, please sign your child up for the first session. Registration forms were attached to this week’s eFolder. Please return the registration form as soon as possible. Tutoring starts Monday, September 17th.
Cheer Parent Meeting
There will be a parent meeting for any 8th grader interested in cheerleading this season. The meeting will be held in the library at 5pm on Wednesday, September 5. The girls are encouraged to attend, but it is not mandatory. Please contact Ms. Campbell or Ms. Freeman with any questions.
REMINDER: TURN IN AND MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR SPORTS PHYSICALS. ALL 5-8TH GRADERS IN ANY SPORT NEED A SPORTS PHYSICAL TURNED INTO THE OFFICE BEFORE THE FIRST PRACTICE CAN BEGIN.
Sacramental Prep Meetings
Informational meetings are coming up quickly for families preparing for Sacraments this year! Please mark your calendars:
Informational Meeting for Parents of Children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.
Informational Meeting for Students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and their Parents will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.
Watch for more information to come! Questions? Please contact Mrs. Mischler
S.M.A.R.T. Kids – Saint Mark Against Random Trash is a club open to any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader that cares about the world they live in and keeping it clean. The club will meet every Monday afternoon from 3-4 PM. (When the weather changes, the club will not meet, resuming again in the Spring.) Students, with adult supervision, will pick up trash around the school and church grounds.
The goal is to keep our neighborhood clean and to set an example to those around us to do the same.
S.M.A.R.T. Kids will begin on Monday, September 10th. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 were given a form to fill out at lunch today. Forms need to be returned to the office by Friday, September 7th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Faley at mfaley.
To view and sign up for the many areas that need volunteers at SMS visit our Sign-Up Genius page: https://tinyurl.com/y9bvra4f
Box Tops for Education
Don’t forget to save those Box Tops! Every Box Top sent in is worth 10 cents to the school. This is an easy way to help our school raise money!
Our Scrip program is another no cost to you program that helps raise funds for our school. We purchase gift cards at a discounted price, you purchase them for face value, and the school gets to keep the difference. Using Scrip for everyday purchases such as gas and groceries is an easy way to help SMS. Scrip can be purchased or ordered after all weekend Masses.
Other Easy Ways to Help
The Amazon Smile Program
St. Mark Church and School is part of the Amazon Smile Program. Amazon will donate a portion of eligible purchases made on their website to your designated charity. To sign up, go to https://smile.amazon.com and designate St. Mark Catholic Church and School as your charity. You MUST make your Amazon purchases through the https://smile.amazon.com site to be eligible.
Kroger Community Rewards
If you use Kroger for your shopping, please make sure you register your Kroger Plus Card at krogercommunityrewards.com using the St. Mark Code NP0 #10687. A percentage of sales made using our school’s code is automatically donated to the school.
Show Your Marksmen Pride
SMS window clings are now available in the school office. Prices are $3 each or 2 for $5.
Vietnam Vets Fundraiser
More than 300 Spalding/AOL/Bergan alumni served during the Vietnam War Era – ten of those graduates made the ultimate sacrifice and their names are forever etched on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Out of respect for our fallen classmates, the “Ten on the Wall” group was formed nearly 4 years ago with the intent of organizing an Honor Flight consisting of Peoria Catholic High School Vietnam Era Veterans. On October 16 of this year, 40 alumni veterans are schedule to travel out of the General Wayne A. Downing (Spalding Class of ‘58) Airport, as a group, to Washington DC on an Honor Flight.
A fundraiser, sponsored by Ten on the Wall, has been scheduled for Sunday, September 16 at the Hickory Grove Park in Dunlap. All proceeds will go to support the Greater Peoria Honor Flight. Contact Bob LaHood at 309-264-9387 or email tenonthewalltour. More information can be found on the Ten on the Wall Facebook page.
Please support our Vietnam Veterans!
Calendar of Events
Regular Day Schedule Begins on Tuesday, September 4th…3PM dismissal
Labor Day – No School
Cheer Parents meeting 5 PM
School picture day
Early (12:30 PM) dismissal
Lunch Menu for the Week
Monday: Labor Day, No School
Tuesday: Mini Maple Pancakes, Bacon, Carrot Sticks w/ranch, Orange Juice, Milk
Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets, Potato Wedges, Broccoli, Peaches, Bread and Butter, Milk
Thursday: Taco Wrap, Salsa, Lettuce, Jalapeno Peppers, Corn, Black Beans, Pears/Pineapple, Milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Ham & Cheese Sub Sandwich, Potato Wedges, Carrots, Applesauce, Milk