eFolder for February 23


Happy Friday! Can you believe that next week is the first of March? It also means that we are nearing the end of the 3rd quarter. Seems like we started school only yesterday, doesn’t it? Time flies…


Thursday, March 1 is an 11:30AM dismissal. There will be NO LUNCH and NO AFTERCARE on that day. Please make sure that your children are picked up promptly so that we can begin our Faculty meeting on time.

Dates for Future Planning

Thursday, March 1: Teacher Inservice 11:30 AM dismissal (There will be no lunch and no aftercare)

Monday, March 5: No School Diocesan teacher inservice

Saturday, March 10: Confirmation at St. Mary’s Cathedral 4PM

Thursday, March 15: SMS Art Fair at the Spalding Pastoral Center 5:30-7:30PM

Saturday, March 24: SMS Annual Auction at the Itoo Hall

Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 8 – Easter Break

“Screenagers: Growing Up in a Digital Age”

Thanks to the parents who came out last night to watch the documentary of Screenagers. It is a great reminder of what challenges we face with the ever-changing world of technology.

If you missed the movie, it will be shown on the following dates:

March 6 at 6:30PM – St. Thomas

March 14 at 6:30PM – St. Joseph Pekin

April 12 at 6:30PM – Blessed Sacrament

Empower Illinois Update

Empower Illinois Scholarship Application Opens Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:00PM

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We are pleased to announce the Empower Illinois scholarship application system will open on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Our system has been enhanced to make it easier for families and to manage the demand expected for tax credit scholarships to private schools throughout Illinois.

The new application will be available through the Empower Illinois website. It will be a two-step process.

  1. Reserve: On Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. families will complete a brief online form containing name and contact information, child name and preferred school. This will time stamp your application for the first-come, first-served scholarships. Doors will open at 6:45PM.

  2. Apply: After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link and use their reservation code to complete the application. Applications will be sent on a rolling basis, over the course of a few weeks. After receiving the application email, families will have 3 days to complete the application and submit all required documents.

Our goal with this two-step process is to make it easier for families and provide more time to ensure your application is accurate and complete.

We understand that as parents and guardians, your life is busy. That’s why the reservation system will be accessible from mobile devices as well. Everything you will need for the reservation step should be top of mind. Once you get your application link, please use a computer to submit the required documents and finish the application accurately, without rushing.

If a student has already received a scholarship award letter, they do not need to reserve or apply. However, all other students should reserve and apply through this system beginning Feb. 27, regardless of how far you may have gotten through our old application.

As you can see, the first part can be completed from your mobile device. If you need help to complete this first step, we will be available in the computer lab to assist you. Please contact the school to let us know if you plan to be here on February 27th at 7:00pm. Once you receive your email to complete the process, you may also contact the school for assistance.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us.

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.

The 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.

Thank You!

THANK YOU to all of you that came out and showed support for the students and graduates of SMS at the Pasta fundraiser this past Sunday. With your support they were able to raise about $1300 to help aid in their efforts for summer mission trips and conferences.


SMS 19th Annual Auction – Under the Bigtop

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:

  • Solicit donations

  • 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

If you have any questions on what you can do to help with the auction, please contact our auction chairperson, Andrea Kupferschmid @ kups4

The Auction committee will meet every Sunday until the auction at 6PM in the rectory basement. Please stop by and help out if you have time.

Classroom Auction Baskets

Don’t forget to send in your donations for the Classroom Auction Baskets! Parent representatives are busy collecting items for each class theme, but they need your help! Donations can be sent to the office marked with the grade to which you are contributing. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Volunteer Opportunities

Biscuits and Buds Breakfast – Sunday, 3/11

Fine Arts Event – Wednesday, 3/14 Transport and Set Up, Thursday 3/15 Monitors and Greeters, Friday, 3/16 Transport

To volunteer for these events go to SignUp Genius: https://tinyurl.com/sms-volunteers2017-2018

19th Annual Auction – Saturday, 3/24 SignUp Genius for Auction ONLY:


Lunch Menu for the Week of 2/26

Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger on a bun, potato wedges, carrot sticks w/ranch, peaches, milk

Tuesday: Meatballs in a bread bowl, cheese, green beans, apricots, milk

Wednesday: Breaded chicken patty on a bun, fries, cucumbers w/ranch, applesauce, milk

Thursday: 11:30AM dismissal – no lunch will be served

Friday: Stuffed crust cheese pizza, broccoli, cucumbers w/ranch, mixed fruit, milk

Calendar of Events:

Saturday, 2/24

IESA 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Regional vs. Annawan at Peoria Academy 2:45PM

Sunday, 2/25

Confirmation Meeting 9:30AM with Mass at 11AM

Thursday, 3/1

Early dismissal 11:30AM – NO LUNCH, NO AFTERCARE


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