Happy Friday! It’s not even December yet and we’ve already had our first snow day! I hope this is not an indication of things to come! With the arrival of winter weather, it is important for all students to be properly dressed for outdoor recess. We will continue to go outside when weather permits.
Important Dates to Remember in December
Saturday, December 1st
First Reconciliation 9AM
8th Grade Movie Night 6-9PM
Monday, December 3rd
8th Grade Night for Boys Basketball (Games start at 5PM)
Thursday, December 6th
Early dismissal 12:30PM, Spirit Day, popcorn and soda sales
Sunday, December 9th
Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk
Monday, December 10th
Christmas Program Grades PreK 3-8th 6:30PM
Saturday, December 15th
Advent Day of Reflection
Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th
Scrip for the Holidays
Don’t forget to purchase St. Mark Scrip for your Christmas shopping. Gift cards make great gifts for friends and family who live out of state. Use scrip to purchase your Blue Bow gifts. Any cards listed on shopwithscrip.com are available for purchase. Also, smaller denomination cards are available for some retailers for a limited time. Orders for small denomination cards must be placed by December 10th. All other cards need to be ordered by December 17th in order to by received by Christmas. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Nedza at 697-4845. Thank you for supporting St. Mark Scrip.
Please remember that the profits from Scrip is how we are able to give our teachers and staff a small Christmas gift. The more families that use Scrip, the more we are able to give them. Unfortunately, last year and this year we had to reduce the amount we were able to give because Scrip sales were lower. If you do not understand how Scrip works, please contact Pat Nedza so she can explain. You also receive part of the profits in July if your family earns enough profits. This is a win/win for everyone!!
Annual Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk
The St. Mark PSA will be holding its annual Santa Breakfast and Cookie Walk on Sunday, December 9, from 7:30-11:30 AM. Admission is $3/child, $5/adult and includes delicious pancakes with all the trimmings.
The Cookie Walk will be held that morning in the main hallway. Yummy cookies and candies will be available for $6 per pound.
Empower Illinois Scholarship Applications
Save the date! Empower Illinois has announced that Tuesday, January 15, 2019 is the official date for the 2019-2020 tax credit scholarship application process to begin. The application will again be a two-step process, beginning on January 15 at 7 PM. More details will be coming soon!
PND Santa Breakfast
Peoria Notre Dame High School will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 from 9AM – 11AM in the PND Commons. Children of all ages are welcome. Breakfast will be pancakes and sausage. Activities will include face painting, arts and crafts, and a musical performance by Julie K.
This event is the same day as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Kyle Lucas will be offering Mass at PND prior to the event – tentatively at 8:00 AM.
PND Honors Academy
Please use this link to find more information regarding the PND Honors Academy for incoming freshmen.
PND Shadow Visits
8th grade students are invited to experience a day in the life of a PND student by scheduling a shadow visit. Shadow visitors will have a chance to explore the PND campus, attend classes and lunch, and learn more about the activities that PND offers. Please visit https://my.peorianotredame.com/shadow-request to schedule your visit.
High School Visit Days
Please note that there is a form that must be signed by St. Mark’s teachers and principal at least 72 hours in advance if your child would like to do a high school visit.
Illinois Central College Hosts Health Careers Exploration Fair Dec. 3
Advanced registration for this event is appreciated. To register, go online: icc.edu/explore-hc.
Illinois Central College will host a Health Careers Exploration Fair for potential students to explore its state-of-the-art facilities and career program options on Mon., Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Registration begins at 5 pm in Cedar Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
High school students and their parents, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about health careers, are encouraged to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from faculty and program directors from ICC Health Careers disciplines, including dental hygienist, emergency medical technician, licensed practical nurse, massage therapist, medical assistant, medical coder, medical lab technician, medical office administrative assistant, nursing assistant, occupational therapy assistant, paramedic, phlebotomist, physical therapist assistant, radiographer, registered nurse, respiratory therapist, and surgical technologist. Hosted tours of both classrooms and state-of-the-art lab spaces will be available.
ICC Health Careers programs feature the latest technology and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Students enrolled in health careers programs at ICC have the opportunity to experience classroom, hands-on and onsite lab experiences, as well as clinical partnerships with the area’s leading health care employers. Graduates may earn credential after one semester, an academic certificate or two year college degree, to enter into the workforce. There are immediate jobs and projected positions available for each of these disciplines listed above.
· The deadline for students to apply to most ICC Health Careers programs is January 15 each year.
· Spots are reserved for high school graduates in the ICC Health Career programs.
· For questions about the fair on December 3, about health career programs, or to schedule an appointment for health career academic advisement, please contact the ICC Health Careers Department office at (309) 690-7530.
This Week’s Calendar of Events
First Reconciliation 9AM
6th Girls BB tournament at St. Jude
4/5/6 Boys BB practice 11 AM
8th Grade Movie Night starting at 6PM
Boys BB at SMS vs. Hollis starting at 5 PM (8th Grade Night)
Bradley Women’s Basketball Game Grades 3-8
Cheer practice 3 PM
Early dismissal 12:30 PM
Popcorn and soda sales
Monday: Tacos, cheese, lettuce, salsa, corn cucumbers w/ranch, applesauce, milk
Tuesday: Popcorn chicken, fries, mandarin oranges, bread and butter, milk
Wednesday: Chicken strips, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrot sticks w/ranch, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk
Thursday: Hot dog on a bun, chili sauce, baked beans, chips, peaches, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Turkey sub sandwich, fries, broccoli, strawberries, milk