Happy Friday! Congratulations to our 8th Grade boys basketball team on their 2nd place finish at state. They played with so much heart, but a victory wasn’t meant to be last night. They finish their season with a record of 19-3. Great job boys and coaches. We so very are proud of you!
Pictures of the Marksmen’s journey to state are posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StMarkSchoolPeoriaIL. Check them out!
Just a reminder…there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 19 in observance of President’s Day. Enjoy the day.
We will be placing an order for Spirit Gear soon. All orders and payments are due in the school office by next Friday, February 23. If you need an order form, please contact the school office.
“Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age”
We will be showing of “Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30pm in the gym. The Wednesday night viewing is for adults. If you would like you may bring your 5th-8th grade and high school students. However, this video is for ALL parents no matter what grade your child is in now. Please email me at ndillon if you have children who need babysitting under the age of 5th grade. We will be arranging for care, but we will need an RSVP if you need babysitting to plan accordingly. Please feel free to bring your adult friends even if they are not St. Mark parishioners. We will benefit from this not only for ourselves but also for our children.The video lasts approximately 86 minutes and will start at 6:30 PM.
We will be showing a student version of this to our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students on Thursday with deep discussion afterwards.
If you cannot attend our showing of SCREENAGERS, the following parishes will also be showing this movie:
Blessed Sacrament – February 22, 2018
St. Patrick – September 26, 2018
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Fat Tuesday Bingo Night. It was a great night. Special thanks to chairs Mimi Hufeld and Tricia Long for organizing this event.
Students going on mission trips this summer will be holding a pasta fundraiser on Sunday, February 18 from 10AM-1PM in the SMS gym. Meal includes: pasta (meat or meatless) salad, bread, and a drink. There will also be a dessert table. A free will donation is appreciated.
Delivery and Carryout will also be available. For delivery call or text 309-397-7642.
Please come support our young people on their journey to serve our Lord and those that are less fortunate than most.
Auction – Save the Date!
Save the Date! Our 19th annual auction, Under the Big Top, will be held on Saturday, March 24.
Please note that every family can lend a helping hand. It is crucial to make this event a big success. Much of the tuition assistance we were able to award this year was a result of the great turnout and money raised last year. If you have applied for assistance or plan to this year, be sure to show your support to the auction! There are various ways you can help:
Pick up already solicited donations
Help assemble baskets
Make baked goods
Transport items to the auction venue
Help with decorations
Clean up after the auction
In addition, if you would like to make a donation or know of someone who would be willing to donate to our fundraiser, please feel free to contact our auction chair, Andrea Kupferschmid at kups4. All donations to the auction, big or small, are greatly appreciated and are fully tax-deductible.
The Auction committee will meet every Sunday until the auction at 6PM in the rectory basement. They will be assembling baskets again this week, so if you have time, please stop by and help.
If you have any questions on what you can do to help with the auction, please contact our auction chairperson, Andrea Kupferschmid @ kups4
The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Endowment Fund was established with funds raised in the Diocese of Peoria
ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign. This scholarship is need based and awards to be used in the 2018–2019 school year will be announced by May 30, 2018.
The application deadline date is April 15, 2018, and all 2017 tax documentation/requirements necessary to complete
the application must be submitted to FACTS by that date. Families are encouraged to apply early.
A Protocols and Procedures and a handy Checklist to guide families through the application process can be found on the diocesan website: www.cdop.org, under Catholic Education and then under Financial Assistance. Spanish versions will soon be available online.
Parents are be urged to apply online and can access the FACTS application form at: online.factsmgt.com/aid. The application is available in both English and Spanish.
If you need assistance with the application process, or have questions, please feel free to contact the school office.
Empower Illinois Scholarship Update
A new application date has not yet been released. We will keep everyone posted, and let you know when the application process is set to reopen.
The yearbook committee needs your pictures. Please send in photos of first day of school, extra-curricular activities, sports, Masses and Christmas program and candid photos. These can be sent to yearbook. We look forward to showcasing all the awesome things that make our students proud to be part of the Marksmen family. Questions? Please contact Ms. Wharton via email swharton.
If your child would like to attend Camp Ondessonk, but your family is having financial difficulties, there are scholarships available to help cover the cost of camp. For more information on scholarships please visit their website: Ondessonk.com/giving/scholarships.
You can find more information about opportunities for growth and summer fun on the Camp Ondessonk website. If you are planning on registering your child, send your registration form in soon to ensure you get a spot in the week of your choice.
There are still slots to fill for volunteers for the SMS Volleyball tournament this weekend, as well as the home game on Tuesday, February 20. To volunteer to help with these games visit the Sign Up Genius Page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da5ab2ba7fe3-girls
Lunch Menu for the Week of 2/19
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk
Wednesday: Tacos w/cheese, lettuce, salsa, corn, pears/pineapple, milk
Thursday: Popcorn chicken, rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges, bread and butter, milk
Friday: NO TREATS, Egg patty biscuit, diced potatoes, carrot sticks w/ranch, strawberries, milk
Calendar of Events
Friday, 2/16-Saturday, 2/17
SMS hosts the 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Tournament
SMS’ first game starts at 7PM vs. St. Jude
Mission Trip Fundraiser 10AM-1PM
Auction meeting 6PM in the rectory basement
No School-President’s Day
Girls Volleyball @ St. Phils starting at 5:30PM
Scholastic Bowl @ St. Jude 3:30PM
Girls Volleyball @ Home vs. St. Mary’s Bloomington starting at 6PM (8th Grade Night)
Scholastic Bowl @ Concordia 3:30PM
Girls Volleyball @ St. Vincent starting at 5:30PM
Girls Volleyball @ St. Thomas starting at 5:30PM