Happy Friday! Colder weather is here and Thanksgiving break is just around the corner. We will have school on Monday and Tuesday of next week. There will be no school Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24.
When we return from Thanksgiving Break there will be a new addition to the front hall. Mrs. Alexander will have a message board under the TV next to the gym. There will be copies of forms, the lunch menu for the month, a copy of our latest eFolder, as well as info on camps, etc. Be sure to check it out.
Reminders of All Kinds
Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Please remember to pull to the curb to drop-off in the morning and for pick-up in the afternoon. Parents stopping in the middle of the street not only back up traffic, they create an unsafe condition for the students entering and exiting the vehicle. We are currently working with the City of Peoria to study the possibilities of making the part of Underhill that is directly in front of the school a one-way road. Please try to avoid traveling northbound toward Bradley Ave. at the drop off and pick up time. In the morning, if you need to walk your children into the building, please park in one of our parking lots, NOT on the street in front of the school. We need to provide easy access for all cars at the drop off time. Getting out of your car for any reason creates an unsafe back-up situation. At this point in the year, most children are very comfortable walking into the building on their own.
Make sure that your child is dressed in the proper uniform. We are beginning to see students with navy skirts and jumpers, printed/sparkled leggings, furry boots, colored socks, and shoes that are not in compliance with our dress code. If you need a copy of the dress code, please contact the office and we will be happy to send you one.
Students need to be fever free and symptom free without meds for 24 hours before returning to school following any illness. Please do NOT give your child Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the morning for a fever and send them to school. If you do this, you will almost always receive a call from the school later in the day that your child is ill and needs to be picked up. Help us to limit the spread of germs. In, addition, please make sure that the office has your contact information so that we are able to get in touch with you in case of illness.
Students will be sent outside for recess in the winter as weather permits. This means that your child needs the proper winter gear. Students need to have a coat, and if necessary, hat and gloves or mittens. Names should be marked on all clothing to ensure its return if lost or misplaced.
Winter Weather Closings
This may be a bit early, but in case bad weather necessitates school closings, you will receive a phone call via our Parent Alert system. Once again, it is important that we have up-to-date contact information for all families.
We packed the place and collected 75 cans of food at the girls game the other night. This means that we will have a Spirit Day on Tuesday, November 21. Proper attire for a Spirit Day is jeans or khakis (no leggings or sweatpants) and a spirit shirt.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
The SMS Student Council would like to thank everyone that sent donations for the food drive. Our 4th graders collected the most items, and will receive a spirit day to be set at a later date. Thank you for helping those in need!
Due to a change in the PreK 3 classroom, Mrs. Hufeld is no longer to able to help with playground duty. We are looking for volunteers to help us monitor the playground during lunch recess. If you have free time between 11:15AM and 12:45PM and would like to help out, please contact Dr. Dillon. We will take you once a week, twice a week, or every day, whatever time your schedule allows. Grandparents are welcome, too!
Not available during the day? We have other opportunities for volunteers available. Check out our Sign Up Genius page to see what areas we need help with: https://tinyurl.com/sms-volunteers2017-2018
The state of Illinois is setting up a scholarship program for students who attend private schools. The program is called the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program and it is made possible by the Invest in Kids Act. It’s a brand new program, so the details are in the process of being worked out and communicated to us. One thing we do know is that on January 2, 2018, the application process will begin. The program is based on need but also on first come first serve basis. In order to have the best chance at qualifying for a scholarship, families will want to apply on January 2, so please put that date on your calendar! We will be sharing more information about the program as we receive it.
Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk
Please mark your calendars for our annual Santa breakfast and Cookie Walk on Sunday, December 10th from 7:30-11:00AM. RSVP to psa or text 309-397-7642 with number of tickets and what time you would like a table reserved for your family. Tickets are $5 a person. Santa called and said he would be here!!!! Our annual cookie walk will also take place that morning in the PreK hallway. Grab a plate or two of homemade goodies for $5 per pound.
SMS Christmas Program
We will hold our annual Christmas program on Monday, December 11th at 6PM.
Design the Cover for the Christmas Program
Miss Koch is asking for assistance in creating the cover for the Christmas program this year! Any student is able to submit a design. Artwork must be created on a half-folded sheet of regular copy paper. Include “St. Mark’s School” “Christmas Program” and “December 11, 2017” in your design. And don’t forget to sign it!
Besides that, use your creativity! All designs must be in to Miss Koch by Monday, November 27.
Teachers will vote for the winning cover.
SMS Cheer Clinic
Our cheerleaders are holding their 2nd Annual Little Kids Cheer Clinic on Friday, December 1st 3:00-6:00PM.
Flyers and registration forms are available in the school office.
Opportunities to Help SMS While You Do Your Holiday Shopping
Getting ready for Black Friday shopping? We have Target, Best Buy, and Toys R Us. Shopping online for Cyber-Monday? We have Amazon. Need supplies for your holiday baking needs? Scrip is available for Haddads, Hy-Vee, Schnucks, GFS, and Wal-Mart. Using Scrip is a no cost for you way to help our school and is sold after all weekend Masses.
If you use Kroger for your shopping, please make sure you register your Kroger Plus Card at krogercommunityrewards.com using the St. Mark Code NP0 #10687. Kroger Stores no longer participate in the scrip program, however, a percentage of sales made using our school’s code is automatically donated to the school.
Amazon Smile Program
St. Mark Church and School is part of the Amazon Smile Program. Amazon will donate a portion of eligible purchases made on their website to your designated charity. To sign up, go to https://smile.amazon.com and designate St. Mark Catholic Church and School as your charity. You MUST make your Amazon purchases through the https://smile.amazon.com site to be eligible.
Parents, we are missing the movie, "The Day the Sun Danced" from one of our Pilgrim Virgin kits. Could you please check to see if you might still have it at your house? Thanks so much!
Lunch Menu for the Week of 11/20
Monday: Pepperoni pizza, green beans, applesauce, chocolate chip cookie, milk
Tuesday: Pulled pork on a bun, fries, apricots, polka dot pudding, milk
Wednesday – Friday: No School
Calendar of Events for the Week of 11/19
Wednesday 11/22-Friday 11/24
No School – Thanksgiving Break
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