Happy Friday! We are back in full swing; running a regular day schedule. Beginning of the year MAP and Easy CBM testing are complete. We will begin our September testing with ITBS testing for grades 3, 5, and 7 later this month.
Students in grades 5-8 will begin using their Chromebooks in classes next week. Before students are allowed to take their devices from class to class, the Chromebook Policy acceptance form MUST be signed and returned to their homeroom teacher. A copy of the policy has been given to all students in Middle School. Please take the time to review the contents with your child. This policy was sent with all middle school students today. Signed policy sheets are due on Monday.
Mark Your Calendar
We just wanted to give you a heads up for the first part of October. It will be here before we know it!
Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 5 – Enchanted Forest Book Fair
Thursday, October 4 – 12:30 PM dismissal, Grandparent Luncheon, Parent / Teacher conferences in the evening
Friday, October 5 – No School, Parent / Teacher conferences in the morning
Monday, October 8 – No School, Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 9 – No School, Diocesan Region I Teacher inservice
Dr. Getz is once again offering Chinese on Thursdays from 3:05pm-3:45pm. The cost is $50.00 a person and the sign up sheets are available in the office.
Christmas Card Design Contest
This year, the Chancery has asked that Bishop Jenky’s Christmas card be designed by our Catholic school children.
Students may choose to design the front of the card based on one of three Christmas themes: the Nativity, Mary, or Bishop Jenky. Any media is fine: paint, markers, colored pencils, cut paper, etc.
From all submissions received, two students from the Peoria diocese will be chosen to display their artwork on Bishop’s Christmas card, which is sent to dioceses throughout the United States.
If you are interested in participating, please submit artwork no larger than 9” x 12” to the office or to Mrs. Tomlins by Friday, September 21, 2018.
Is your child in 4th grade or older, and like problem solving, working in teams, and have an interest in science and technology? SMS has two Lego League teams and has a few available spots for new team members.
If your child(ren) are interested or you have further questions, please email leslie_foti by next Wednesday, September 12.
Update of 2018-2019 School Tuition Assistance across the Diocese of Peoria….
The need for financial assistance is great across the diocese, with families completing FACTS applications for Spalding assistance for almost 2,900 students. Spalding Scholarships totaling $628,995 were awarded to 722 students for the 2018-19 school year. The total amount awarded exceeded the Spalding Scholarship Board’s approved amount knowing that plans change and not all students will be accepting the scholarships. Fortunately, another source of funding for 2018-19 is the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program legislation passed in late 2017. Awarding is still ongoing, but to date, Empower Illinois has granted awards to 251 student in 25 of the Peoria Diocese Schools for the 2018-2019 school year. More than $965,000 in tax credit scholarships has been confirmed to date. It is not too late to still donate in order to benefit from a 2018 tax credit and also help send a student to a Catholic school. Information on how to donate is attached.
PSA Fundraiser Update
Thank you to those of you that have started helping us reach our goal this year with the all school fundraiser! Don’t forget you can register online as well, registering and sending seven emails will qualify the kids for the Chrome Coop! This is a great way to reach those friends and family members far away, too! Those items get shipped directly to the purchaser within about 48 hours!! That is a super quick turn around for those online orders! Our online ID is 5000179. Order forms and money are due September 17th. Happy selling friends!
The America Reads program is sponsored by Bradley University, and provides free, after school tutoring Monday-Thursday. There will be two sessions each day, 3:00-3:45 PM and 3:45-4:30 PM. You may register your child for one of two sessions each week. If possible, please sign your child up for the first session. Contact the office if you need a registration form. Forms are also available in the Resource Document area of Parents Web. Tutoring starts Monday, September 17th.
Scholastic Book Fair
The Book Fair is coming to our school! The Scholastic Enchanted Book Fair will be held October 1-5. For more information, visit scholastic.com/fair.
Halloween Harvest Festival
The weather is making if difficult to believe, but Fall is quickly approaching. Our annual Halloween Harvest Festival is one of our largest events each year and we need a ton of help to make it happen. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities still available on Sign Up Genius including Setup, Clean up and Decorations, Providing Baked Goods for the Cake Walk, Serving Food, Game Monitors and of course TRUNK or TREAT. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Amie Slott via email amie.slott or phone 309 643-0642.
Check out the volunteer opportunities available at SMS, including the Enchanted Book Fair, classroom helpers for the Grandparent Luncheon and the Halloween Harvest Festival at: https://tinyurl.com/y9bvra4f
Our parish is most fortunate in having Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each Thursday. We remember His words on the morning before he was crucified “Can you not watch one hour with me?”. That is our invitation. Many people attend sometime during the day for quiet personal adoration and prayer. In order to help ensure that we have two people with the Blessed Sacrament at all times, we invite parishioners to sign up for the same time each month.
Adoration is from 8:30am-5:30pm. Signup can be found here :https://tinyurl.com/y9bvra4f
PND Cheerleaders Girls’ Day Out
Sunday, September 9
Spalding Pastoral Center
We will have pop up vendors featuring fall clothing, make up, hair, jewelry, etc. Cash and carry cosmetics, jewelry, skin care, home decor, clothing and FREE massages will be available. Try your Irish Luck at our vendor raffle table!
Entertainment by the teen cover band, THEory DROPOUTS!
Wizard of Oz at Peoria Players
If you get a chance to check it out… tonight is opening night of The Wizard of Oz. This show will star some of our own SMS parents, students, alum, and parishioners! Leslie Foti will play the Wicked Witch. Claire Slott and Isabella Roque will play Munchkins, Stephanie Moreno plays a Poppy, and Maria Hererra plays a Winkie. Parishioner, Annette Hoerdeman, does costumes and the Director is Jimmy Ulrich, who has choreographed many of our SMS Musicals. For tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit peoriaplayers.org. Please note that there is a 2:00 matinee this Saturday, September 8 and next Saturday, September 15. For more performance dates and times, please visit our event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/653182515074936/
The performance on Sunday, September 9 is sold out.
Calendar of Events
Monday, Sept. 10
5th & 6th grade Girls Basketball Parent Meeting 6 PM in the library.
Thursday, Sept. 13
First Communion / Reconciliation Meeting 6 PM
Monday: Meatballs in a bread bowl, green beans, cucumbers w/ranch, peaches, milk
Tuesday: Chicken strips, potato wedges, broccoli, apple cobbler, bread and butter, milk
Wednesday: Chicken alfredo pasta, peas, mixed fruit, garlic bread, milk
Thursday: Irish nachos (fries, taco meat, cheese), corn, carrots w/ranch, grapes,milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Mini corn dogs, baked beans, celery sticks w/ranch, applesauce, milk