Happy Friday! We are ready to celebrate Catholic Schools Week!! Join us for our kick-off Mass on Sunday Just a reminder for the dress for Catholic Schools Week…remember that if you are not wearing your uniform, all clothing still needs to be Catholic school appropriate. That means no leggings, no ripped or torn jeans, no short skirts, no bare shoulders, and no heels.
Don’t forget to join us next Saturday for our annual Taste of St. Mark. Teachers and staff will be there, ready to answer any questions you may have about SMS. This event is open to the public, so if you know anyone that is interested in our school, please invite them!
Next week we will welcome Mrs. Ellen Cassiday to our SMS family. She will be our new ESL teacher, and will be working with many of our students.
Congratulations to our 8th Grade boys and our SMS cheerleaders on their great weekend at the Catholic Schools Tournament at St. Vincent. The boys are the 2018 8th grade boys Catholic schools champs, and our girls brought home two trophies from the cheer tournament for Best Sideline Cheer and Best Floor Cheer. The boys head to the IESA Regionals next week, with their first game at Hollis Grade School on Tuesday, January 30 at 5PM. Go Marksmen!
Good luck to our Blue and our Gold Lego League teams. Both teams qualified for the state match and will be competing in Champaign this Saturday.
Just a reminder that next Thursday, February 1st, is an early (1:30PM) dismissal with popcorn and soda sales after school. Please pick your children up promptly, so that we can begin our staff meeting on time. Any children not picked up immediately after school will be sent to aftercare and appropriate charges will be billed.
An Evening Parish Reflection and Explanatory Mass
Learn more about our beautiful gift of the Holy Mass. Join Monsignor Brownsey on Saturday, January 27th, at St. Mark Catholic Church for an explanatory Mass. Learn the why behind what we pray. Prior to Mass, beginning at 3:30PM, Monsignor will explore the history, symbols, and gestures of the Mass. During 4:30PM Mass, he will walk through the Eucharistic ritual, with commentary that will illuminate this most sacred Tradition.
All are welcome. Invite family and friends. The cost is free.
Kindergarten Round-Up is next Friday, February 2nd 8:00-9:30 AM. Whether this is your first to enter Kindergarten or nowhere near your first rodeo, please come and join us for a morning of fun. We look forward to showing your little cowboy or cowgirl the ropes. Yee haw!
Food Pantry Collection
Every year during Catholic Schools Week we collect items for the West-Mark Food Pantry. Just to make things a little more fun, we will have grocery carts in the front hall with a label for each group of items we are requesting. Each day will have a theme, but we will take any donations on any day next week. Thank you in advance for helping those in need.
Monday: Macaroni Monday (pasta, shells, rice, etc.)
Tuesday: Granola Tuesday (granola bars or other non perishable breakfast foods)
Wednesday: Wheaties Wednesday (cereal, oatmeal)
Thursday: Tasty Thursday (tuna, soup, Hamburger Helper, etc.)
Friday: Fruity Friday (canned fruit, sweet treats, etc.)
Keep saving those BOXTOPS! Send them to the school office in a Ziploc marked with your child’s grade. Our current classroom competition will end on February 23rd. Remember, every BoxTop is worth 10¢ to the school.
Mark your calendars for SMS night at Agatucci’s Restaurant – Wednesday, January 31! SMS 8th Grade Class gets 10% of sales for the night so spread the word to all of your family and friends. Offer is good for dine in and carry out orders. No flyer or coupon needed!
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
We are still in need of an Auction Basket parent volunteer for K, 1st, 2nd, 6th and 8th grade. Please consider donating your time and creativity to an great cause! 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!
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. To set up an appointment for help with the application process or If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Please use this link: https://vimeo.com/252716938 to view a quick video on how to apply for the scholarship.
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).
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 1/29
Monday: Chicken rice soup, crackers, ham and cheese sandwich, carrot sticks w/ranch, peaches, milk
Tuesday: Diced eggs, sausage patty, tri-tater bar, bagel, grapes, milk
Wednesday: Cheeseburger macaroni, broccoli, mixed fruit, garlic bread, milk
Thursday: Nacho chips and cheese, black beans, cucumbers w/ranch, pears and pineapple, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Pepperoni pizza bread, green beans, applesauce, milk
Calendar of Events
Catholic Schools Week Sunday 1/28-Saturday, 2/3
Celebrating our Parish
Wear your best uniform to Mass (This will be the kickoff Mass for Catholic Schools week. We will attend an all school Mass on Friday to end the week.)
Celebrating our Community
Food Pantry item: Macaroni Monday
Wear your spirit gear
Girls volleyball @ St. Jude starting at 5:30PM
Celebrating our Students
Food Pantry item: Granola Tuesday
8th Boys IESA Regional game at Hollis School 5PM
Celebrating our Nation
Food Pantry item: Wheaties Wednesday
Wear red, white, and blue
Aggie’s Night for 8th Grade
Girls Volleyball @ home vs.St. Eds starting at 5:30PM
Food Pantry item: Tasty Thursday
Dress as what you want to be when you grow up
Teacher inservice 1:30PM dismissal
Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers
Food Pantry item: Fruity Friday
Wear your dress clothes or your best school uniform
Celebrating our Families
Taste of St. Mark 5-7PM in the gym