eFolder for January 4


Happy New Year to all of our families! We hope that everyone has had a restful break. We will resume classes on Monday, January 7th.

Important Dates in January

Monday, January 7

School resumes

Sunday, January 13

Auction Kickoff Meeting 2PM in the rectory basement

Tuesday, January 15

First part of the Empower Illinois Scholarship application will be available online starting at 7PM

Computer lab will be open for parents/guardians

Monday, January 21

No School-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sunday, January 27-Saturday, February 2

Catholic Schools Week

SMS Annual Auction

The first meeting for this year’s auction, The Roaring Twenties, will be held on Sunday, January 13th at 2PM in the rectory basement. Anyone interested in finding out how they can help should plan to attend this kickoff meeting. Questions before the meeting? Contact Matt Kindred-Winget at matthew@peoriahomemarketing.com. Hope to see many of you at the meeting.

Winter Testing

We will begin Winter MAP testing on January 8th and will run through the week of January 21st. Please make sure that your child is well rested and has had a good breakfast on testing days. This will help to ensure that they are able to focus and do their best. If at all possible, please schedule any appointments for the afternoon during the month of January.

In addition, students in grades 5 and 8 will be taking the ACRE religion assessment the week of January 14th.

Empower Illinois Scholarship Applications 2019-2020

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 is the official date for the 2019-2020 tax credit scholarship application process to begin. The computer lab will be open on this evening to help parents complete the first part of the application process.

  • Part one of the application will be available at empowerillinois.org on
    January 15, 2019 at 7 p.m.

  • The application will once again be a two-part process

  • Part one is a brief reservation form which will timestamp applications

More information about the second part of the application will be coming soon. You can visit the Empower Illinois website to view these resources. Information is available in both English and Spanish.


You can also contact Empower Illinois with questions by phone and/or email:

(309) 416-0741



Spalding Scholarship

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.

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.

Mini Med School Programs

Jump Simulation added two Mini Med School programs as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) courses for Winter 2019. The courses give participants a glimpse of what medical students learn about the human body and apply that knowledge during hands-on, realistic clinical activities in a world class anatomy lab. One is for high school students and the other is for middle school students.

Middle School (March 9)


High School (January 12)


You can see the whole list of upcoming STEAM courses at jumpsimulation.org/STEAM; we will be sharing the Spring Series content soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

More information is also available by contacting the events team at events or by calling at 309-677-0810.

Calendar of Events

Monday, 1/7

School resumes

Wednesday, 1/9

Girls Volleyball @ Hollis starting at 5PM

Thursday, 1/10

Girls Volleyball @ Home vs. Bartonville starting at 5PM

Lunch Menu

Monday: Grilled chicken patty on a bun, fries, broccoli w/ranch, sliced peaches, milk

Tuesday: French toast sticks, syrup cup, cheese stick, cucumbers w/ranch, sliced pears, milk

Wednesday: Meatball sub sandwich, mozzarella cheese, green beans, applesauce, milk

Thursday: Tacos w/cheese, lettuce, and salsa, black beans, corn, pears/pineapple, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Grilled cheese or PBJ sandwich, fries, mixed fruit, milk

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