Happy Friday! It’s the beginning of March…spring is almost here! Please remember that even though the weather may be warming up a bit, it is still chilly at recess. Please make sure that your child has the appropriate gear for outdoor weather.
There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, March 5. Our teachers will be attending a Region 1 Diocesan workshop at St. Vincent’s on that day. Enjoy the time with your children!
Biscuits and Buds
Tired of fixing Sunday breakfast for the hungry men in your life? The PSA is sponsoring Biscuits and Buds on Sunday, March 11:00 AM after the 7:30 AM and 9AM Masses. Send the guys to the gym for a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Donations are greatly appreciated, and remember, no girls allowed!
Volunteer to help with this event: https://tinyurl.com/sms-volunteers2017-2018
SMS Fine Arts Event 2018
Our annual SMS Fine Arts Event will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 5:30-7:30PM at the Spalding Pastoral Center. Come and view visual art displays and musical and dramatic performances. Refreshments will be served. Tacos “to go” will be sold at the event – 3 tacos for $5 and soda or water $1.
Help is needed with this event on 3/14 to transport and set up, 3/15 to monitor the event, and 3/16 to transport displays back to school. To volunteer visit our SignUp Genius page: jplacko.
Empower Illinois Scholarship Application Update
Parents who applied for the Empower Illinois Scholarship need to monitor their email accounts. You will have 72 hours after you receive an email with details on completing your application. We will be available to scan documents and assist families with completion of this process.
The computer lab will be available during the following times next week:
Tuesday 10:30am-12:00pm, 12:45-1:30pm
Wednesday 9:00-10:30am, 12:45-1:30pm
Thursday 9:00-11:00am, 12:45-1:30pm
Please note that you will need to schedule your appointment for the beginning of an available time slot, and you MUST call the office to schedule an appointment. If these times do not work with your schedule, please call the office and we will work with you to find a time to complete your application.
The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Endowment Fund was established with funds raised in the Diocese of PeoriaROOTED 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 can be found online. As Spanish version of these documents is also available. These documents may be found on the diocesan website: www.cdop.org, underCatholic Education and then under Financial Assistance.
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.
SMS 19th Annual Auction – Under the Bigtop
Invitations have been mailed for our 19th annual auction, Under the Big Top, to be held on Saturday, March 24. If you did not receive your invitation and would like to attend, please contact the office.
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
If you have any questions on what you can do to help with the auction, please contact our auction chairperson, Andrea Kupferschmid @ kups4
SignUp Genius for Auction ONLY: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da5ab2ba7fe3-auction
The Auction committee will meet every Sunday until the auction at 6PM in the rectory basement. Please stop by and help out if you have time.
Classroom Auction Baskets
Don’t forget to send in your donations for the Classroom Auction Baskets! Parent representatives are busy collecting items for each class theme, but they need your help! Donations can be sent to the office marked with the grade to which you are contributing. Thank you so much for your generosity.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Help is needed for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Float decorators and chaperones for the parade are needed. Grab your green and visit the SignUp Genius page to volunteer: https://tinyurl.com/sms-volunteers2017-2018
Box Tops Contest
Congratulations to the 1st Grade class! They are the winners of the Box Top collection contest Popcorn party! The Spring collection contest raised $416.90 for our school. Continue to collect and send in your Box Tops marked with your child’s grade marked on the bag or envelope!! All will go towards the next contest!
Learning from the Legends Free Basketball Clinic
Below is a link to information regarding a free clinic being put on by members of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Associations (IBCA). This clinic is for 4th-6th grade girls and boys and is part of the IHSA’s March Madness Experience.
Check this out if you are planning on attending the boys IHSA Boys State Finals on Saturday, March 17.
Calendar of Events
8th Grade volleyball regional @ Peoria Academy 1:30PM vs. Williamsfield
NO SCHOOL, Teacher Inservice
Scholastic Bowl vs. Holy Family 3:30PM
Confirmation 4PM at the Cathedral
Monday: No School
Tuesday: French toast sticks, syrup cup, bacon, carrot sticks w/ranch, peaches, milk
Wednesday: Chicken strips, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk
Thursday: Soft taco w/cheese, lettuce, salsa, lettuce mix w/ranch, refried beans, applesauce, milk
Friday: Tortilla chips, nacho cheese, corn, pears/pineapple, milk