eFolder for February 2


Happy Friday!

We are getting ready to close out this year’s Catholic Schools Week. It’s been crazy, but it’s been a lot of fun celebrating our school. This morning we hosted future Marksmen at our Kindergarten Round-Up. Tomorrow night we will close out this year’s celebration with our annual Taste of St. Mark. Doors open at 5PM, and there will be many different types of food to enjoy. Thank you in advance to all of our SMS parents and businesses for participating. This event is always guaranteed to be a good time. If you know of anyone who is interested in all the good things that are happening here at the “Beacon on the Hilltop”, please invite them to attend tomorrow night’s event. Our faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions. They will be easy to spot…wearing grey shirts with the Catholic Schools Week logo on the back and the SMS logo on the front.


Congratulations to our 8th grade boys basketball team on winning the IESA Regional tournament last night with a victory over Hollis Grade School. They boys will now advance to the state sectional game on Wednesday, February 7 at St. Mary’s Kickapoo. The game will start at 6:30pm. GO MARKSMEN!


We want to give everyone a heads up regarding our remaining early dismissals for the school year.

  • March 1 will be an 11:30am dismissal. No lunch or aftercare on that day.

  • April there will be no Faculty/Staff meeting due to Easter Break.

  • May 3 will also be an 11:30am dismissal. Once again, there will be no lunch or aftercare.

Spalding Scholarship

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.

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

At this point, we do not know when the Empower Illinois website will be up and ready to accept applications again. Wednesday was a disaster as far as trying to access the website and complete an application. Their website was overwhelmed by the over 24,000 people trying to complete applications as soon as the site went live. We will keep everyone updated on when the application process will be opened again. If you would like to stay updated, “like” the Empower Illinois Facebook page.

America Reads

The America Reads tutoring program resumed this week. Please make sure that if your child is signed up that they remember to attend. If you do not know your child’s scheduled time, please contact the office.

Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Catholic Schools Week food drive. The West-Mark Pantry is extremely grateful for your generosity. Thank you for helping those less fortunate. Thank you, too, to Haddad’s Grocery for the use of their carts.

PSA Bingo Night

PSA will be holding a “Fat Tuesday” bingo night on Tuesday, February 13. Doors open at 5:15PM with Bingo from 6-8PM. This is a family friendly event. To volunteer to help with this event visit our SignUp genius page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da5ab2ba7fe3-fattuesday

“Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age”

Mark your calendars for the St. Mark’s showing of “Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30pm in the gym. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award winning documentaries on health, Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. To check it out: https://www.screenagersmovie.com

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

St. Thomas and St. Edward – TBD

Lunch Menu for the Week of 2/5

Monday: Square waffles, butter, syrup cup, sausage links, carrot sticks w/ranch, orange juice, milk

Tuesday: Hot dog on a bun, coney sauce, baked beans, applesauce, milk

Wednesday: Oven roasted chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, bread and butter, blueberry cobbler, milk

Thursday: Spaghetti w/cheese, lettuce mix w/ ranch, peaches, garlic bread, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Irish nachos (waffle fries, taco meat, nacho cheese), corn, pears/pineapple, milk

Calendar of Events

Saturday, 2/3

Taste of St. Mark 5-7PM

Tuesday, 2/6

5th/6th boys BB game @ Home vs. Monroe starting at 5:30PM

Girls volleyball @ Blessed Sacrament starting at 5:30PM

Wednesday, 2/7

Boys BB IESA Sectionals at St. Mary’s Kickapoo vs. St. Pat’s Washington 6:30PM

Thursday, 2/8

Girls volleyball @ Peoria Academy starting at 5:30PM

Friday, 2/9-Saturday 2/10

St. Mary’s Kickapoo 8th Grade Volleyball tournament game times TBA

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