eFolder for October 26

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Happy Friday! Report cards have been printed and given to all students. Report cards have also been emailed to all parents/guardians, and will be available in Parents Web as well. If you have any questions regarding your child’s grades, please contact their teacher.

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, October 31

Halloween – Orange and Black Spirit Day

Thursday, November 1

8:00 AM Mass for All Saints’ Day

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Early dismissal 12:30 PM

Spirit Day

Saturday, November 3

8th Grade Placement Test at PND

Thursday, November 8

Career and Resource Fair

Monday, November 12

No School – Veterans’ Day

Wednesday, November 21 – Friday, November 23

Thanksgiving Break

Halloween Harvest Festival

Join us tonight (Friday, 10/26) for our annual Halloween Harvest Festival from 5-8 PM. Cost is $5 per person and includes dinner, trunk or treating and games. The haunted house, death-defying slide, and cakewalk are available for an additional cost. Dress is your spooky best…all ghosts and goblins are welcome.

Día de los Muertos Celebration

On Thursday, November 1st, we will hold a Día de los Muertos celebration after 8AM mass in the gym. Students will be able to take part in a community ofrenda, a collection of objects placed on an altar during Día de los Muertos to celebrate a loved one that has passed away.

Dress Code

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. Also, please remember that only the royal or navy St. Mark sweatshirts are part of the uniform. IESA sweatshirts can be worn outside for warmth, but are considered spirit wear, not part of the uniform.

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).

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. If you would like more information on donations and the tax credit available, please feel free to contact the school office.

Auction

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@gmail.com

PND News

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need room parents for grades 3, 6, and 8. To sign up click on the following link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0CC6C9D6F8CDFA66&cs=09B0BAD98FC48B637B0764735BB79BC8

Calendar of Events

Monday, 10/29

Girls BB vs Riverview @ Riverview starting at 5:30 PM

Tuesday, 10/30

Girls BB vs. Blessed Sacrament @ home starting at 5:30 PM

Wednesday, 10/31

Happy Halloween!

Orange and Black Spirit Day

Thursday, 11/1

Early dismissal 12:30 PM

Spirit Day

Saturday, 11/3

8th Grade placement test at PND check-in starts at 7:30 AM

Lunch Menu

Monday: Popcorn chicken, rice, soy sauce, broccoli, mandarin oranges,bread and butter, milk

Tuesday: Pork tenderloin on a bun, fries, cucumbers with ranch, applesauce, milk

Wednesday: Pepperoni pizza, lettuce mix with ranch, mixed fruit, pumpkin bar, milk

Thursday: Chicken noodle soup, crackers, string cheese stick, carrot sticks with ranch, craisin packet, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Hot dog on a bun, chili sauce, baked beans, peaches, milk

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