Happy Friday! Winter is certainly letting us all know that it’s still with us. Snow and cold, and then even more snow. Please remember to dress your children for winter weather. While we will go out for recess only when conditions allow, students are still outside at some point during the day-waiting to be picked up or traveling back and forth from church for Mass and adoration. Many of our students are NOT wearing coats. (Most of them are middle school students.) Also, please let your children know that if we do have outdoor recess and they have forgotten their gloves, mittens,or hat, we do keep some on hand in the office. All they have to do is ask!
Just a reminder…there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
8th Grade Boys are Heading to State!
Congratulations to our 8th grade boys basketball team! They are heading to the IESA state semi-finals on Saturday at Bartonville Limestone HIgh School. The first game will be at 2:30PM, and if the boys win that game they will play again at 6:30PM. Put on your spirit gear and join us to cheer the boys on! GO MARKSMEN!!
Join us tomorrow at the school at 11:00AM. We will hold a send off for the team between 11:00 and 11:15AM.
Please note that St. Mark’s assigned night for incoming freshmen registration at PND is Thursday, February 15. If the boys win the 2:30PM game at state tomorrow, students will be able to register either Tuesday, February 13 or Thursday, February 15.
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 contact Andrea Kupferschmid, our auction chair, at kups4. All donations to the auction, big or small, are greatly appreciated and are fully tax-deductible.
There will be an auction meeting on Sunday, February 11 at 6PM in the rectory basement. The committee will be making baskets and could use the help if you are available.
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.
Fat Tuesday Bingo
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. A flyer is attached with more details.
The 8th grade class will be serving dinner as a fundraiser. The menu includes:
$4.00 BBQ pulled pork sandwich and homemade mac & cheese
$3.00 Hotdog and homemade mac & cheese
$3.00 Nachos and Cheese
All meals come with your choice of water or soda. Desserts will be available for $1.00.
Volunteers are still needed to help with this event. Visit our SignUp genius page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da5ab2ba7fe3-fattuesday
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 may 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 message from Empower Illinois:
“Dear Parents and Schools,
We wanted to provide you an update about our tax credit scholarship application.
Over the past week we have identified the technology problems that caused our application to fail and are now in the process of solidifying solutions to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Demand for the Empower Illinois scholarship is significant, last week resulted in one of the largest day 1 launches in the country ever.
In addition to leading technology experts, we have brought together a diverse group of partners from the secular, Lutheran, Catholic, Muslim and Jewish school communities to oversee the work and to set the path forward. In addition to adding capacity, we are also working to lessen the drain on servers and make the application process less stressful.
As a result, we are still likely at least two weeks away from making the application available. An exact date has not been determined but we will provide at least one week notice before the application reopens.
It’s important to remember that this is a delay only and does not impact the availability of scholarships from us or other SGOs in the state. The program has received $45 million in pledges and we are all working hard to raise more for Illinois kids.
We know your children only get one chance at a great education and providing a fair opportunity for families to get an Empower Illinois scholarship is our highest priority.
Thank you for your continued patience.”
“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
Earlier this week, a representative from Camp Ondessonk, a Catholic summer camp located in Southern Illinois visited with students in Grades 3-8. Students were given an informational brochure about the camp. If you would like more information, you can visit the camp’s website https://ondessonk.com.
Volunteers are needed for the Mardi Gras Bingo Night on Tuesday, 2/13 and well as for the 7th grade girls volleyball tournament next weekend, Friday, 2/16 and Saturday, 2/17.
To volunteer, please visit our Sign Up Genius page: http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0CC6C9D6F8CDFA66&cs=09B0BAD98FC48B637B0764735BB79BC8
Lunch Menu for the Week of 2/12
Monday: Cheese pizza sticks, dipping sauce, lettuce mix w/ranch, peaches, milk
Tuesday: Chicken and noodles, green beans, dinner roll, pumpkin bars, milk
Wednesday: Mini maple pancakes, syrup cup, cheese sticks, cucumbers w/ranch, hot cinnamon apples, milk
Thursday: Pulled pork on a bun, potato wedges, garbanzo beans, mixed fruit, milk
Friday: NO TREAT DAYS DURING LENT, Double stuffed crust cheese pizza, peas, applesauce, milk
Calendar of Events
Friday, 2/9-Saturday, 2/10
6th Grade boys basketball tournament at St. Jude (first game starting at 5PM Friday)
8th Grade girls volleyball tournament at St. Mary’s Kickapoo (first game at 8PM Friday)
8th Boys IESA State Tournament 2:30PM (play again at 6:30PM if they win the first game)
Girls volleyball @St. Edwards starting at 5:30PM
Mardis Gras Bingo Night
Scholastic Bowl @ home vs. St. Phils 3:30PM
Incoming freshman registration at PND
Friday, 2/16-Saturday 2/17
SMS 7th Grade girls volleyball tournament