eFolder for October 19
Happy Friday! Today is the end of the first quarter. Can you believe that we are one fourth of the way through the school year? Please be aware that student grades for Quarter 1 will not be available in Parents Web next week so that teachers can finalize report card grades. Report cards will be emailed to all parents/guardians at the end of next week.
Mark Your Calendar
Thursday, October 25: Picture Retakes
Friday, October 26: Halloween Harvest Festival
Thursday, November 1: 8:00 AM Mass for All Saints’ Day/ Early dismissal 12:30 PM
Thursday, November 8: Career and Resource Fair
Monday, November 12: No School – Veterans’ Day
Wednesday, November 21 – Friday, November 23: Thanksgiving Break
Just a heads up that from November 1st until April 1st, shorts and skorts are not allowed as part of the uniform. Sweatpants and flannel pants can be worn under skirts and jumpers on the playground for warmth, but are not allowed in the building. Girls may wear leggings under jumpers and skirts, but all leggings must be ankle length solid black or navy.
We wanted to make you aware of changes that may affect your usage of ParentsWeb or the RenWeb Home App.
Four years ago, RenWeb was acquired by another company called FACTS, and on Friday, October 12, they launched a new website and rebranded the RenWeb company to the FACTS name.
What does this mean for you?
The way you log into your accounts will not change (whether in ParentsWeb or on the RenWeb Home app). Your usernames and passwords will remain the same.
You can still log into the RenWeb Home app, although you may see new colors and logos in the app.
If you currently go to RenWeb.com to access ParentsWeb, you will be able to continue doing so for a time, but you’ll want to start making the switch and logging in at FACTSMgt.com.
There are additional login instructions on the Parent Resources sheet that FACTS provided. This sheet was attached to this week’s eFolder.
If the name RenWeb is going away, are any other names going away?
Yes, but FACTS is taking a methodical process to the product name changes. The RenWeb Home app will continue to be called the RenWeb Home app. You can search “RenWeb Home” in the App Store or Google Play to find it.
The name ParentsWeb will be changing to FACTS Family Online. However, you will still login using the same credentials at FACTSMgt.com and you will still use it the same way once you’ve logged in.
Thank you for your flexibility and please let the school office know if you have any other questions regarding the change.
Family Lunch and Before/Aftercare Balances
Please be sure you are checking your family lunch and before/aftercare account balances via ParentsWeb. Instructions are below.
Once logged into your parents web account, select the FACTS tab on the left hand side.
Once on the FACTS screen you will see a snapshot of your balances. You will also see an option on the bottom right of this page for the “FACT home page” select that option and you will be taken to your FACTS account. Here is where you will be able to view our charges in detail.
Any questions or concerns, please contact the office.
*Please be sure to pay any balances promptly.
Illinois Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program
The Invest in Kids Scholarship is offered through the Illinois’ Tax Credit Scholarship program and generates private dollars for K-12 scholarships to low-income and working-class students who attend qualified non-public schools throughout Illinois.
St. Mark had approximately $47,000 available to award families. 87 students applied for assistance and 18 students were awarded scholarships. This was 20% of the students needing assistance for this school year. Based on need and first-come, first-serve basis, these families received 100%, 75%, or 50% of their tuition, and the donor receives a 75% Illinois tax credit on the amount of their donation to the SGO, Scholarship Granting Organization. We are grateful to all of our donors, and truly appreciate their help!
As you can see, we still have a great need for donations. Please see the two attachments to this week’s eFolder entitled, “CDOP Invest in Kids donation flyer,” and “Tax Credit Scholarship Program Process for Donors” for information regarding donating to the 2018 tax credit for the Illinois Invest in Kids Program.
The S.M.A.R.T. Kids will be holding a Bake Sale on Wednesday, October 24th after school. All items will be 50¢ each. The bake sale will be held on the sidewalk weather permitting.
Career and Resource Fair
St. Mark will host a Career and Resource Fair on November 8th from 6:00-7:30 PM, to share information about Career Exploration and Community Resources. We will also share information about Scholarship Opportunities (as it relates to St. Mark School and Peoria Notre Dame).
We are still collecting BoxTops. The classroom that collects the most BoxTops wins a $50 gift card (teacher’s choice). Collection ends October 24th.
Halloween Harvest Festival
Our friends at the Newman Center are really pitching in to help with Game Monitors this year, but we really could use your help with TRUNK or TREAT, clean up, serving food and bringing in baked goods for the Cake Walk. Sign up to help at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da5ab2ba7fe3-halloween1
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Amie Slott via email amie.slott or phone 309-643-0642.
It is time for Candy Wars! As we start to gear up for the Harvest Festival, we will be collecting candy for October 15-25. We need donations of bagged, pre-wrapped candy! Please make sure that all donations are marked with your child’s grade. The winning class will get a spirit day and a treat.
From Our Art Department
Donate your old CDs!
Mrs. Tomlins is still in need of CDs for an art project. If you have some to donate, please drop them at the school office.
The largest fundraiser for the school is looking for your help! St. Mark’s School’s 20th auction will be held on March 30! We are looking for another co-chair as well as help with all the committees (acquisitions, decorations, set up, dessert dash, etc.) for this very fun event! Interested in helping or learning more? Please contact Maria Carroll at mariakingcarroll
Open House & Information Night – Wed., Oct. 24th
Peoria Notre Dame High School is hosting an Open House and Information Night on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM in the PND Auditorium. ALL our families are invited to this event and students are encouraged to attend with their parents. This open house is for anyone interested in what PND has to offer, not just for families of incoming freshmen.
8th Grade Placement Exam – Saturday, November 3rd
Mark the Date! The 8th Grade Placement Exam is Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Prospective 8th grade students will take the High School Placement Test at PND and receive their official “PND Class of 2023” t-shirt. Check-in begins at 7:30 AM and testing begins at 8:00 AM. Register online at https://www.peorianotredame.com/placement
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.
STEAM Events at Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center
STEAM events at Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center will be back beginning this month. STEAM Saturdays are for middle and high school students interested in the medical industry. The 2018 Fall STEAM Events Series will focus on building virtual reality experiences, brain trauma, electronics in medicine and of course, medical school! You can register now at events or calling 309-677-0810.
We are looking for volunteers! In addition to the opportunities listed above for the Halloween Harvest Festival, we need room parents for grades 1, 3, 6, and 8. Help is also needed for the girls’ basketball home games on 10/25, 10/30 and 11/8. To signup to help with any of these activities, please use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0CC6C9D6F8CDFA66&cs=09B0BAD98FC48B637B0764735BB79BC8
8th Grade Information Night at PND
Picture Re-Take Day
Girls BB at Home vs. St. Joe’s starting at 5:30PM
Halloween Harvest Festival
Monday: Meatballs in a bread bowl, broccoli, applesauce, chocolate chip cookie, milk
Tuesday: Mini maple pancakes, syrup cup, bacon, cucumbers w/ranch, grapes, milk
Wednesday: Chicken strips, mashed potatoes w/gravy, pears/pineapple, bread and butter, milk
Thursday: Italian pasta bake, lettuce mix w/ranch, peaches, garlic bread, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Corn dog on a stick, baked beans, jicama sticks, sliced apples, milk