Happy Friday! Wow…time flies when you are having fun! This Sunday is already the third Sunday in Advent. Two more days of school until break begins. Just a reminder that our Christmas Break starts on Wednesday, December 20 and runs through January 3. We will resume school on Thursday, January 4 with an early dismissal. This will be an 11:30AM dismissal and we will NOT have lunch or Aftercare on that day. Please plan accordingly for your children.
Congratulations to our children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on December 9. Thanks so much to Msgr. Brownsey, Fr. Richard, our visiting priests, Rachel Medland, Laurel Stein, Ashleigh Koch, Sara Montgomery, Ali Dixon, Ellen Tomlins, and Bridget Johnson. Special thanks to all of our third grade helpers and their parents!
May we all celebrate the great gift of God’s mercy often!
Our parish will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, March 10 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Please pray for our Confirmation candidates as they continue their preparation! On the confessional door is a chart on which you can pledge to pray for one or more of our young candidates. Simply add your name to the chart!
Calling all 6th, 7th and 8th graders! Do you have a thirst for knowledge? The SMS Scholastic Bowl team needs you!
There will be a Parent/Student meeting on Wednesday, January 10 from 3:00-3:30 pm in the library. We will be discussing practice times, meet schedule, transportation, concessions/treats, eligibility, conduct/behavior while representing SMS, and fund-raising. The cost is $25 to participate. Please make checks payable to St. Mark School. Permission forms will be available on that day for parents to fill out.
If there are questions please contact Miss Koch or Ms. Wharton.
Souper Trivia Night
Souper Trivia Night Info
Souper Trivia Night is back! Our SMS trivia night will be held on Friday, January 12 starting at 7PM. Cost for this fun, adult only evening is $15 and includes food and drink.
Souper Trivia Needs Your Help
Do you ever get a Christmas gift that just isn’t your style, something you already have or something that you know you will never use? Don’t know what to do with those UNWANTED gifts? Give them to us!
We will raffle WHITE ELEPHANT GIFTS at St. Mark’s Souper Trivia: 90’s Night on Friday, January 12, to earn money for the St. Mark’s PSA. Just drop off your donation at the school office by January 9 and we will do the rest. Help us help you (get that stuff out of your house)!
The State of Illinois has created a new program through the Invest in Kids Act that will provide scholarships for children who attend Catholic schools. Scholarships could possibly cover up to 100 percent of tuition for the next school year.
There will be many families in Illinois interested in these scholarships. Scholarships will be offered on a first come, first served basis. To have the best chance of receiving one, it will be very, very important that you apply as soon as the application process begins. The date that the application process will start has been changed to January 24. We will keep you updated about this and also how to apply for the scholarships. Additionally, we will offer help to families who want it in completing the application.
As this is a new program, application details are being finalized and we will share them with you as soon as they are available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.
Here are links to websites with information on the scholarship:
Department of Revenue on the Invest in Kids Act: http://tax.illinois.gov/InvestInKids/
Update from Empower Illinois: http://mailchi.mp/e94d21bb5b62/partner-update-dec-5-2017?e=68df391fc9
Tryouts for our spring musical, Peter Pan, Jr. will be held on Monday, December 18 at 3PM. An email was sent to all 5th-8th parents with information and music for tryouts. If you did not receive this email or 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
Some of our Pilgrim Virgin kits are missing the DVD that is included. If you have hosted the Pilgrim Virgin in your home this year, please check to see if you still have the DVD. Thank you for checking!
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:
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.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make the Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk a big success! Whether you donated an item or your time, you came with your family or prayed for success, we truly appreciate all of you! We served just over 175 people! That is about 20+ more than last year! As always our cheerleaders stand out and take great care of each person that walks through the doors from beginning to end, THANK YOU SMS CHEERLEADERS! And thank you to Chef Greg Foti, always top notch at the helm of the morning!
Vendors wanted!! Calling all you chefs and bakers or restaurant owners! Taste of St Mark is just around the corner 2/3/2018. If you are interested in more information regarding how you could help email Cachet Rodriguez at psa
We have confirmed the following and are so grateful for each of them!! Blue Margarita, Filipino Community, Broken Chimney, Las Delicias, Fieldhouse and Chef Greg Foti. I’d like to see a few more tables, call/email me and say YES!!
Fall Fundraiser Update
I know another update regarding that early Fall fundraiser, right?! I wanted to share some exciting news that we were able to sit down and meet Mr. Phil Mc Leod, Director of Sales out of TN right after Thanksgiving. He wanted to make things as right as he could with the delivery mishaps that we had, and with this being our first time hosting them. So, he has granted us a $500 credit from our order (which means $500 extra profit for us!!!) and also is granting another $500 credit for next year, if we see fit to utilize them as we move forward! WHHOOOTTTT! Thank you everyone for your support for this fundraiser, it was the largest fundraiser PSA has had in years, raising more than $4800 pure profit! THANK YOU!!!
We would also like to share once again that almost 95% of all monies raised by PSA go right back into our school supply program! And the other 5% is used as needed when the school or church are in need of something. We recently purchased the rights so that SMS could offer the viewing of Screenagers this upcoming February.
As always, if you ever have questions, comments or concerns please call Cachet Rodriguez, President of the PSA at 309-397-7642 or email at psa
Calling all families of PND students or 8th grade graduate of SMS…. Our annual Pasta Fundraiser will be held on February 18 and we would like to help your child raise money to help assist them on their mission trips this year! Please contact Cachet Rodriguez or Rita Speck for information.
PND Incoming Freshman Information Night
Peoria Notre Dame will host an informational meeting and open house for incoming freshmen students and parents on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 PM in the PND Auditorium. This event is an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about the spiritual, academic, and extracurricular offerings of Peoria Notre Dame High School. Information about the registration process will also be available. Please contact Katie Madison, Director of Student Admissions, at k.madison with questions.
Calendar of Events
6/8 Boys BB @ Home vs. St. Mary’s Bloomington starting at 10AM
K,1,2 Polar Express Day
All School Mass 8AM
Geography Bee 1PM
Wednesday 12/21-Wednesday 1/3
No School – Christmas Break
Lunch Menu for the Week of 12/18
Monday: Cheese pizza sticks, dipping sauce, peas, sliced pears, milk
Tuesday: Hot dog on a bun, coney sauce, seasoned fries, peaches, milk