Happy Friday! It has been a COLD week at SMS. Even though it is supposed to warm up over the next few days, please remember to have your children dress warmly for school. There were children wearing short sleeves and skirts that must have been cold this week. The heat is working, but please keep in mind that this is an old, drafty building and some areas of the building are much colder than others.
*IMPORTANT* Scholarship Application Information “Invest in Kids Act”
Scholarships offered through the new “Invest in Kids Act” could cover 50 to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for your child next year. Applications are being accepted and scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis starting Wed., January 31st (please note the date change)so it is very important to act quickly! Key information about the program and application process are available on www.empowerillinois.org. Information can also be found on the diocesan website (cdop.org) and select CATHOLIC EDUCATION, or by contacting St. Mark School. Two notices have already been sent from Dr. Dillon.
We are encouraging all families that meet the income guidelines to consider applying for this scholarship. Help with the application process will be available in our computer lab when the application process opens up on January 31st. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Please use this link: https://empowerillinois.org/students/do-i-qualify/ to view income guidelines.
Donors Needed for Historic Catholic School Scholarship Opportunity “Invest in Kids Act”
The “Invest in Kids” tax credit application for individual and business taxpayers is available through MyTax Illinois as of January 2nd, and tax credits are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. All donors need to have an account with Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) before you can request to contribute to the scholarship program. This should be established now atrcourter ), or Dr. Susan Stolt, Associate Superintendent of Diocesan Schools at (sstolt).
If you would like to make a tax credit donation for St. Mark’s School and would like help getting started, Jeff Lichtenberger will be at St. Mark’s after all the Masses this weekend to help you start the process.
America Reads Tutoring Program
“America Reads” after school tutoring will begin on January 29th. This program provides free after school tutoring by Bradley students. If you have not yet registered your child and would like to know more about the program; information, a program registration form, and a schedule are available in the school office. Applications are due ASAP.
National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28th – Feb. 3rd
We are gearing up to celebrate our fantastic Catholic School the week of January 28th – February 3rd . We are planning a great week with lots of great activities.
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
Auction Help Needed
SMS 19th Annual Auction
Help is needed to make our 19th Annual Auction “Under the Big Top” on Saturday, March 24th a big success. Listed below are two of the many ways you can volunteer to help. For other volunteer opportunities, please contact Andrea Kupferschmid at kups4
It is Auction time again!! Liz Lichtenberger is in need of a parent representative from each grade to orchestrate a Class Basket. This is a FUN and EASY way to help St. Marks and fulfil some service hours. Please contact Liz at lizlichten for details if you’d be willing to help. Thank you.
Each class creates a creative and fun project for the school auction. This can be a painted chair, a class book, or a ceramic dish with fingerprints. If you would like to coordinate the project for your child’s class, please contact Margaret Hanley Tomlins at 309-453-6613. Thank you!
“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:
St. Vincent de Paul – January 25, 2018 7PM in the parish hall
Blessed Sacrament – February 22, 2018
St. Patrick – September 26, 2018
St. Thomas and St. Edward – TBD
Thank you to Kathryn Diaz and Cheryl Skinner for chairing our “Souper Trivia” Night last week. It was a great evening and a lot of fun. Congratulations to Team Rodolfi, the new trivia champs.
Declamations information and sign up forms were given to students in Grades 5-8 that expressed an interest in participating. For those new to Declamations, students chose a script to memorize and perform by themselves (a monologue), with a partner (a duet), or as a group (3-5 performers). They will perform the script at this year’s host school, St. Vincent de Paul, on March 13th. There is a $15 fee to participate. All permission forms and fees are due NO LATER than Friday, January 26th. If you have any questions regarding Declamations, please feel free to contact me at chapp.
HSPT (High School Placement Test) Results
These results were mailed in December to the 8th grade students who took the exam. If a student hasn’t received their scores or still needs to take the test, they may contact Sr. Mary Amanda Howard in the PND counseling department at m.howard or 309-691-8741.
PND Chili Supper – Friday, February 2nd
Kick off Catholic Schools’ Week 2018 with the Irish! All friends of the Irish are invited to join us for a chili supper on Friday, February 2nd from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the PND Commons. Be sure to stick around to watch the PND Men’s Basketball team take on Champaign Central at 7:30 PM. Go IRISH!
Peoria Notre Dame Cheerleading Try-Outs For The 2018-19 School Year
Cheerleading tryouts for the 2018-19 school year will be the week of April 23rd.
April 23,24: workshops 5-7 PM in the PND gym
April 25: workshop and tryouts Part 1: 5-7PM
April 26: tryouts Part 2: 4:00PM
All incoming Freshmen through seniors are invited to try out.
Anyone selected for the cheerleading squads must be able to attend camp July 18-21st.
Summer Practices will begin June 4th.
Questions? Email Alona Dawson at alonadawson
PND Basketball Fundraiser
On Sunday, January 28th the Peoria Notre Dame Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs will be holding a fundraiser at Kouri’s Pub from 4:00PM – 7:00PM.
Tickets are $10 and it includes a Kouri’s Pub burger, fries and a drink.
If you are interested in buying a ticket, you can contact Mario West at mswsmswj or at 740-6500.
PND Shadow Visits
Eighth grade students are invited to experience a day in the life of a PND student by scheduling a shadow visit. Shadow visitors will have a chance to explore the PND campus, attend classes and lunch, and learn more about the activities that PND offers. Please visit https://my.peorianotredame.com/shadow – request to schedule your visit.
Jump Training Center STEM Events
STEM events at Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center will be back at the end of this month. Jump Simulation launched STEM Saturdays last year to get middle and high school aged children interested in the medical industry. The 2018 Winter STEM Events Series will focus on standard and emergency medicine, biomechanics and how it relates to the human body, how electronics are used in medicine and how to build 3D models of virus particles along with an introduction to Virtual Reality!
You can register now at jumpsimulation.org/STEM.
More information is also available by contacting the events team at events or by calling at 309-677-0810.
Calendar of Events
Friday 1/19-Saturday 1/20
8th Grade Boys BB tournament at St. Vincent (first game scheduled for Friday, 5:30PM vs. St. Jude)
Girls Volleyball @ St. Joe’s starting at 5:30PM
Boys BB @ Home vs. St. Phils starting at 5:30PM (6,8)
8th Grade Night
Taco Sale 5P
Girls Volleyball @ Holy Family starting at 5:30PM
Confirmation meeting 7-8PM at the Cathedral
Girls Volleyball @ Home vs. St. Thomas starting at 6:00PM
Lunch Menu for the Week of 1/22
Monday: Popcorn chicken, rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges, dinner roll w/butter, milk
Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza bread, cucumbers w/ranch, peaches, milk
Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk
Thursday: Cheese tortellini, green beans, pears/pineapple, garlic bread, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Hot dog on a bun, coney sauce, baked beans, applesauce, milk