Happy Friday! Catholic Schools Week starts Sunday! This week promises to have a lot of fun activities and will also feature several community service projects, including our food drive.
Dates to Remember
Saturday, January 27
Evening Parish Reflection and Explanatory Mass 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 27-Saturday, February 2
Catholic Schools Week
Friday, February 1
Kindergarten Round Up 8 a.m.
Saturday, February 2
SMS Fine Arts Fair 5:30 – 7 p.m.
An Evening Parish Reflection & Explanatory Mass
Learn more about the beautiful gift of the Holy Mass. Join Monsignor Brownsey at St. Mark Catholic Church for an explanatory Mass on Saturday, January 26 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Learn the WHY behind WHAT we PRAY. Prior to Mass, Monsignor will explore the history, symbols, and gestures of the Mass. During the 4:30 p.m. Holy Mass, he will walk through the Eucharistic ritual, with commentary that will illuminate this most sacred Tradition.
Catholic Schools Week
This year’s Catholic Schools Week will be held Sunday, January 27 – Sunday, February 2. Information on this year’s events has been sent home. We are looking forward to an exciting week with new events and activities planned.
Each day of Catholic Schools Week has a theme for dress for the day. Students will be allowed to be out of uniform, but all clothing MUST be Catholic School appropriate. Leggings can be worn, but an appropriate length top must be worn as well. Bottoms must be covered! No tank tops, spaghetti straps, inappropriate logos, ripped or torn jeans allowed.
Our Kindergarten Round-Up will take place on Friday, February 1st. Please spread the word, tell your friends and neighbors with Kindergarten aged students about us, and invite them to join us to see what great things we have to offer. If you would like more information on our Kindergarten program, please contact the school office.
St. Mark’s Fine Arts Fair and Open House
Please join us for the St. Mark’s Fine Arts Fair and Open House highlighting the artistic and musical talents of the St. Mark’s students. The event will be held in the school and gym on Saturday, February 2nd from 5:30 – 7 pm. See the Shrek musical preview at 6:15 pm!
There will be fun family art activities and refreshments will be served. Don’t miss this celebration of the arts!
Shrek Jr. the Musical
Attention 4th grade parents! We need Duloc citizens!! If your child is interested in our pre show act and to be part of Citizens of Duloc please come to our informational parent meeting Monday January 28th @3:30 pm
Congratulations to all the kids who auditioned for Shrek! We are so proud of each of you and cannot wait to get started! There will be a mandatory parents meeting on Monday January 28th at 3:30 pm. Please plan to attend.
Mark your calendars everyone as Shrek The Musical, Jr. takes the stage on April 5th and 6th!!
House League Basketball
Attention parents with boys in grades 4-6. Is your son interested in playing a house league basketball team for St Marks?
Please email, Coach West at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name and grade. We are looking to start late February early March. Fee for playing house league will be $30. Please call if you have any questions at 309-740-6500.
Empower Illinois Scholarship Applications 2019-2020
You can check your application progress, eligibility status, and award status on your EmpowerXChange portal. On January 28, applications will begin to be processed and scholarships will begin to be awarded. This will happen on a rolling basis.
If you have questions regarding the completion of your application you may contact the Empower Illinois parent hotline 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.
The Protocols and Procedures and Checklists for the 2018-2019 Spalding Scholarship can be found on the Catholic Diocese of Peoria website: https://cdop.org/why-choose-catholic-schools/financial-assistance/
These documents are available in both English and Spanish. The deadline for applying for the scholarship is April 15, 2019.
Please keep in mind that you will need tax documents when applying for this scholarship as well as the Empower Illinois scholarship.
America Reads Tutoring
America Reads Tutoring is a FREE after school tutoring program available to all students. The program is held in the library Monday-Thursday. Students may sign up for two sessions per week.
Tutoring begins Monday, February 4th.
Peoria Notre Dame News
Peoria Notre Dame High School will host an enrollment workshop on Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30PM in the PND auditorium. The goal of this event is to help families who are new to PND navigate through the enrollment process. Representatives from the Admissions Office, Counseling Department, and Finance Department will be available to answer questions. Although this event is geared toward families who are new to PND, all are welcome to attend.
Please contact Mrs. Katie Madison, Director of Student Admissions, with any questions.
Winter Weather Reminder
Please make sure that your child is properly dressed for outdoor recess. This includes a coat, hat, mittens, and pants or leggings for girls wearing skirts. (Girls can wear sweatpants or warmups outside, but they must be removed once recess is over.) We will take the students outside whenever weather permits. Please be sure that your information is correct and updated in RenWeb so that you receive school cancellations as needed.
Help Prevent the Spread of Germs
Just a reminder that students need to be fever free without meds, no vomiting and no diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness. This helps to prevent the spread of germs to the rest of the school. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
We are looking for grandparents that would like to volunteer at our school. If you know of a grandma or grandpa that would like to help at SMS, please encourage them to call the office to offer their assistance. We will help them with all necessary paperwork to get started with us. All talents are welcomed!
Calendar of Events
Lego League state tournament
Explanatory Mass begins at 3:30 pm, Mass at 4:30 pm
Sunday, 1/27-Saturday, 2/2
Catholic Schools Week
Celebrating Our Parish – Join Us for 11 am Mass
Celebrating Our Community – Twin/Character Day
Girls volleyball @ Home vs St. Jude starting 5 pm
Spring Musical Parent Meeting 3:30 pm
Celebrating Our Students – Sweats/PJ Day
Donuts with Dad
Spelling Bee Grades 4-8 1:45 pm
Celebrating Our Nation – Wear Higher Education (high school or college) Gear
Celebrating Vocations – Wear Sports Team Gear
Muffins with Mom
Living Rosary 2:15 PM
Celebrating Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers – Class Color Day
Kindergarten Round Up 8:00 – 9:30 am
Staff vs. Student Volleyball 2 pm
Celebrating Our Families
SMS Fine Art Fair immediately following the 4:30 pm – 7 pm
Monday: Cheese pizza sticks, dipping sauce,green beans, pears/pineapple, milk
Tuesday: Hamburger or cheeseburger on a bun, fries, carrots sticks w/ranch, peaches, milk
Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk
Thursday: Chilli mac, mixed vegetables, applesauce, bread stick, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Grilled cheese or PBJ sandwich, fries, hot cinnamon apples, milk