eFolder for March 8

Happy Friday! Just a reminder that Sunday is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Set your clocks an hour ahead.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, March 12

Declamations at St. Vincent de Paul School


Sunday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Wednesday, March 20th

Spring Picture Day


Saturday, March 30

20th Annual Auction at the Itoo Hall


St. Patrick Day Parade

This year our Region 1 schools have the opportunity to join forces with Peoria Notre Dame to celebrate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in order to show our community support in memory of Randy Simmons.


The Faculty, Students and Staff are also cordially invited to Mass at the Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 17th.


In order to have a count for the parade, we ask that you complete this brief RSVP so we may determine the number of people participating from each school.  Please complete this by next Wednesday, March 13th.  It will be expected that parents will supervise their own children.


LINK for attendance by school:



As soon as the parade director has our numbers, we will then be able to send out more specific information about where the parade will line up and end.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with the planning of this parade. It will be a great tribute to Randy Simmons and his family.

2019-2020 Registration

Information on registration for the 2019-2020 school year has been emailed to parents/guardians. Please complete these forms as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.


Please note that he registration cost increased March 1st to $75.

Help St. Mark by Utilizing our Small Fundraisers

We have a number of ongoing small fundraisers that help to raise money to benefit the school. We would like to encourage our families to help us raise funds by participating in these fundraisers. All of them are no cost  and easy to participate in.


We would like to encourage our families to utilize our Scrip program whenever possible. Using Scrip benefits the school, and can earn a rebate back to families that purchase enough Scrip to earn the school $50 in profits. After the first $50 in profits, the school and family share any additional profit for the year.This rebate can be applied to things such as lunch balances, Aftercare, or tuition.  Scrip is now available in the school office as well as after all weekend Masses.


  • We have an ongoing collection of brand name ink and laser cartridges. (We cannot use remanufactured cartridges.) These can be dropped off in the school office any time. We receive 25¢ – 50¢ for each ink cartridge and $2 – $3 for each laser toner cartridge.
  • When you shop at Amazon Smile instead of Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to SMS. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.


  • Box Tops for Education products have a coupon on their packaging that is worth 10¢ for each coupon turned in. You can collect and turn these into the office at any time, but twice a year we have a classroom contest to see who can collect the most Box Tops. This classroom receives a reward of some time (usually a pizza party).


  • The Coca Cola Giving Program donates money to a school you designate by entering the code located on a participating Coke product. Visit Coke.com/give and log in to or create your Account. Then, follow the links and instructions to search for and select your desired school, then enter your Code where indicated, and click to complete the donation. In order to donate to a school or cause on Coca‑Cola Give, you must first have a product code. Locate the code on packaging of any participating Coca‑Cola product (list located here: https://us.coca-cola.com/participating-brands/)


  • The Scrip program enables the school to purchase gift cards at a discounted price. Individuals purchase the gift cards for face value and the school receives the difference. Percentage of profit varies from retailer to retailer. In addition, Krogers shoppers can register their Kroger card on Kroger.com for the school to receive a donation each time they make a purchase. (No gift card purchase needed.).


2018-2019 earnings:

Ink cartridge collection: $63.85

The Coca-Cola Give Program: $177.96

Amazon Smile: $147.61

Box Tops for Education: $376.90 (first submission of 2018-19)

Scrip Program: $3396.99 for FY ending 6/30/18, with a $910.68 payout to families earning over $50 profits

Auction News                   

Auction Reservations

Our auction is filling up! We now have over 250 reservations. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, and bring a friend…or two! Reservations can be made online this year. If you would like to make an online reservation, visit the auction website at https://saintmark.schoolauction.net/roaring20s. Reservations can also be dropped off or mailed to the school.


Help With Our Auction

We have lots of fun and easy ways to help with our 20th anniversary St. Mark’s School Roaring 20’s Auction! You can donate a six pack of craft beer, a bottle or two of wine (unopened, please!) or a dessert for our famous Dessert Dash. We also need help the evening of the auction and with lots of tasks leading up to the big day, March 30. Check out the Sign up Genius to see how you can help!



Want to Win a Pizza Party for Your Child’s Class and Help the School Auction???

The Auction Committee will be collecting any gift cards in denominations of $10 or higher starting Monday, February 11 until March 16th.  These will be used in our gift card mystery pull at the auction on March 30th. Please send in an envelope with your student’s name and grade so the class will receive credit.  The class with the most participation will win a pizza party! Thanks for helping with our school’s most important fundraiser.


Help the school twice by using Scrip to purchase your gift cards to donate to the auction. Scrip is available in the school office.


Follow the Auction on Facebook

Like the auction Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news on our auction: https://www.facebook.com/SMSEventStaff

Spalding Scholarship

Parents are encouraged to apply online at: online.factsmgt.com/aid. Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for the 2019-2020 school year must reapply.


Deadline date for the completed application is April 15, 2019. Notification of grant awards will be made by mid-June, 2019.


Another funding opportunity is also available due to the Invest in Kids Act legislation in Illinois. Students may be eligible for up to 100% of tuition and fees under a new program for tax credit scholarships (TCS). Details on how to apply and who qualifies are available on the Empower Illinois website at www.empowerillinois.org. Students who receive a TCS are ineligible to receive a Spalding award.


If you have applied for a Tax Credit Scholarship through Empower Illinois, you can check your application progress, eligibility status, and award status on your EmpowerXChange portal. Scholarship awards began on January 28 and will continue 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.


(309) 416-0741


Marksmen Track

There will be a Parent meeting for those interested in our track team this year on Monday, March 11 at 5:15PM. Track is open to all students in 5th-8th grades.

Totus Tuus

It’s not too early to start planning summer activities for your children! Totus Tuus will be held June 23-28. An informational brochure and registration form were attached to this week’s eFolder. Contact Peggy Dwyer at 303-9320 or Terry Mischler at 497-2838 with questions.

Peoria Notre Dame News

PND Cheer Tryouts 2019-2020

April 23,24;  workshops 5-7 PM

April 25; workshop and tryouts Part 1:  5-7PM

April 26;  tryouts part 2: 4:00

April 29- uniform fitting 3:15 @ PND; 4:15 parent meeting

***cheerleaders must be able to attend camp July 16-19.

***attendance at Kids camp, June 3-6 is mandatory

***Official mandatory practice/mass begins Sunday, August 11


All workshops will be held in the PND gym.  Wear comfortable attire and cheer shoes.

Follow this link for registration information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11-L1CLA6VAaelHpyRuCbNGtd9F8usgD4FaGaPKpQByM/edit?usp=sharing An informational flyer is also attached.


PND Irish Volleyball Academy

Tryouts for PND’s Irish Volleyball Academy will be held on Saturday, March 16. Contact Coach Lauterbach at coachlauterbachpnd@gmail.com  with questions.


PND Dance Team Tryout

Information regarding tryouts for the 2019-2020 PND Dance Team is available by clicking the following link:




PND Youth Baseball/Softball

Registration for house league baseball and softball will begin February 1 . Late registration begins after March 15. We offer programs for tee ball, baseball and softball. Register online at www.ndyouthbaseball.com . Questions? Please email our house director at houseleague@ndyouthbaseball.com for baseball and tee ball or Michelle Baker at mushal@sbcglobal.net for softball.

Calendar of Events

Sunday, 3/10

Daylight Savings Time begins


Monday, 3/11

Scholastic Bowl @ Quest 3:30PM

Parent Meeting / Track Practice 5:15PM


Tuesday, 3/12

Declamations @ St. Vincent de Paul School


Thursday, 3/14

Scholastic Bowl @ St. Vincent de Paul School 3:30PM


Friday, 3/15

End of the 3rd Quarter


Sunday, 3/17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Lunch Menu

Monday: Pulled pork on a bun, BBQ sauce, potato wedges, carrot sticks w/ranch, fresh clementine, milk

Tuesday: Chicken strips, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk

Wednesday: Hamburger or cheeseburger on a bun, potato wedges, celery sticks w/ranch, applesauce, milk

Thursday: Irish nachos (fries, taco meat, cheese), corn, black beans, fresh pear, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Mini maple pancakes, syrup cup, cheese stick, cucumbers w/ranch, blueberries, milk

(We will be offering TREAT DAY during Lent. Treat Day is optional.)


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