Happy Friday! It’s the beginning of December, and the countdown begins. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, and time to prepare for Jesus’ coming. Each Monday of Advent, during morning assembly, we will light a candle on our Advent wreath.
We are in the process of working with the City of Peoria to determine what changes can be made to increase the safety of our streets surrounding the school. Since it is illegal to stop within 30 feet of a STOP sign, YIELD sign or traffic control signal, we are currently putting out orange cones to help remind our drivers, as well as open up the visibility of the crosswalk areas. Cell phones are also illegal in school zones. Please continue to do what you can to ensure the safety of all of our students, families, and staff.
Important Dates for December
Thursday, December 7: 1:30PM dismissal, Spirit Day with popcorn and soda sales
Friday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Saturday, December 9: First Reconciliation
Sunday, December 10: Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk
Monday, December 11: Christmas Program 6PM
Tuesday, December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Wednesday, December 20 through Wednesday, January 3: Christmas Break
Thursday, January 4: Return to school, 11:30AM dismissal (NO LUNCH and NO AFTERCARE)
Winter weather is upon us. With the colder weather, comes a different style of dress. Please remember that all students are required to comply with our dress code. If a student wears leggings under a jumper or skirt, they must be to ankle and solid navy or black. Boots of any kind are not allowed in the building, but may be worn outside for warmth. Please help your children to comply with this important school rule.(A copy of the dress code can be found on the information board located next the the gym doors in the office hallway.)
Please make sure to notify the school if your child will be absent. You can phone the school, email the school, or if your child has a sibling, have them stop in the office to let us know. Doing this will prevent a phone call later in the morning checking on the whereabouts of your child.
In addition, if your child has a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, they must be symptom free without meds for 24 hours before returning to school. This will help prevent the spread of germs.
The state of Illinois is setting up a scholarship program for students who attend private schools. The program is called the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program and it is made possible by the Invest in Kids Act. It’s a brand new program, so the details are in the process of being worked out and communicated to us. One thing we do know is that on January 2, 2018, the application process will begin. The program is based on need but also on first come first serve basis. In order to have the best chance at qualifying for a scholarship, families will want to apply on January 2, so please put that date on your calendar! A packet with information on how to apply for this scholarship will be emailed to all families in the near future.
Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk
Please mark your calendars for our annual Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk on Sunday, December 10 from 7:30-11:00AM. Tickets are $5 a person and are available in the school office. Please let us know your name, desired time for your reservation, and the number of tickets needed. Cash or checks will be accepted and checks can be made payable to St. Mark PSA. Santa called and said he would be here!!!!
Our annual cookie walk will also take place that morning in the PreK hallway. Grab a plate or two of homemade goodies for $5 per pound. Each family is asked to donate a minimum of three dozen of their best homemade holiday treats. In addition, items must NOT need refrigeration. Please deliver these delicious goodies to the school on Friday, December 8 from 3-5PM or on Saturday, December 9 from 9AM-12:30PM.
Lunchroom Help Wanted
We are looking for someone to help us serve lunch to our students on Wednesdays between the hours of 10:45AM and 12:45PM. This can either be a paid position (we pay minimum wage), or you can use the time
toward your family’s volunteer hours. If you are interested, please call Kathy Driscoll at 676-2939 between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30AM.
Taste of St. Mark
Planning is underway for our 3rd annual Taste of St. Mark and vendors are wanted! If you are interested in showcasing your culinary talents, please email Cachet Rodriguez with questions at psa.
In the past we have had food such as tacos, chicken wings, truffles, quesadillas, gyros, ice cream and a few others. We are always looking to expand and offer up more variety for all palates. Please help make this year’s Taste of St. Mark the best one yet!
Tryouts for our spring musical, Peter Pan, Jr. will be held on Friday, December 15 at 3PM and again on Monday, December 18 at 3PM. If you would like more information regarding tryouts, please contact Miss Koch at akoch
We are also looking for helping hands to assist in various areas of this years school musical, Peter Pan, Jr. If you are interested, please email Cachet at rdrigz99
Field Trip Coordinator
Musical Volunteer Coordinator
Flowers/Promotional Items Coordinator
Parents are invited to view a special showing of the film “Screenagers”, a film about growing up in a digital world. This film will be shown on the following dates at the schools listed, and you can attend at any location:
Dec. 6, 6:30pm…St. Phil’s
Jan. 25, 7:00pm…St. Vincent de Paul
Feb. 21, 6:30pm…St. Mark
We will be showing this film to our 5th-8th graders closer to the date our school hosts this event.
Help the West-Mark Food Pantry
A Letter from Diane Nowlan:
Schnucks, located on University in the Metro Center, has once again chosen West-Mark Food Pantry as the beneficiary of the Schnucks “Bags for My Cause” program. This means that for the entire month of December every time a reusable bag with the message “Every Bag Feeds a Neighbor in Need” is purchased at the Schnucks on University, the food pantry will receive $1. Please visit the store, locate the reusable bag rack and buy a few Hunger Bags to help support the food pantry. We also ask that you spread the word to your family and friends. The more bags purchased, the greater the donation to the West-Mark Food Pantry.
We are so thankful to the parents, students, and faculty of St. Mark’s School for their help feeding the hungry, and are keeping you in our prayers.
If you have any questions, please contact Diane Nowlan at 682-1603. Thank you for your help keeping our shelves full. Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!
Scrip for the Holidays
When planning for your holiday shopping and gift giving, don’t forget our Scrip program. We have a great assortment of gift cards available for many retailers including Walmart, Target, Kohls, J.C.Penney, Bergners, Old Navy, Best Buy, Lowes, and Menards. Scrip is available after all weekend Masses. Thank you for your support of this program.
Volunteers Are Always Needed
Please remember that all families are required to volunteer at our school. Check out our Sign Up Genius page to see the volunteer opportunities available for our school and athletic events.
We are still in need of playground volunteers. If you are available between 11:15AM and 12:45PM, and would like to help out, please contact Dr. Dillon. You can volunteer for a day or a week. We will be happy to have you any time that you are available.
Calendar of Events
Saturday, December 2
St. Edwards 6th Girls BB tournament at St. Ed’s
PND Santa Breakfast
Monday, December 4
6/8 Boys BB @ Concordia starting at 5PM
Tuesday, December 5
6/8 Boys BB @ St. Phils starting at 5:30PM
Wednesday, December 6
6/8 Boys BB @ Home vs. St. Joes starting at 5:30PM
Thursday, December 7
Early dismissal 1:30PM
Spirit Day with popcorn and soda sales after school
Friday, December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Lunch Menu for the Week of 12/4
Monday: Chicken noodle soup, ham sandwich crackers, carrots w/ranch, applesauce, milk
Tuesday: Eggs, bacon, tri-tater bar, biscuits w/butter, strawberries, milk
Wednesday: Tacos w/cheese, lettuce, salsa, corn, peaches, milk
Thursday: Pork rib on a bun, seasoned fries, dried fruit, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Mini corn dogs, baked beans, applesauce, milk