eFolder for September 8

Happy Friday! We are now back in full swing with a regular day schedule. The weather is cooler and it’s beginning to feel like fall. Where does the time go?

We will continue fall testing next week with our 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders beginning ITBS testing. ITBS testing is one of the standardized tests that we all remember taking….lots of circles to fill in with a No. 2 pencil! We have a two week window to complete these tests, so please make sure that your child is here on time, is well rested, and has had a good breakfast. If possible, please do not schedule appointments during the next couple of weeks. We also hope to complete our MAP testing next week.

If you are still needing to complete the Safe Environment Training for volunteering please contact Mrs. Alexander in the front office to schedule a time to have that completed.

We will be collecting funds for St. Catherine of Sienna School in Port Arthur, Texas through next week. Any donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated and will help the school with the cost of clean-up due to Hurricane Harvey.

America Reads

There is still time to sign your child up for the America Reads tutoring program. Session times are 3-3:45pm and 3:45-4:30pm, Monday-Thursday. Sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis. You may sign your child up for 2 sessions per week. Contact Mrs. Alexander in the school office with any questions or to obtain a new registration form.

Physicals and Immunizations

If your child is required to have a school physical, an eye or dental exam, or immunizations, please turn in your forms as soon as possible. The exclusion date of Oct. 15th for students without these forms is quickly approaching.

With the start of fall sports, please remember that sports physicals must be turned into the school office before a student is allowed to practice or participate in any games.

Volunteer Opportunities

Each of our SMS families is asked to perform 10 hours of service each year as outlined in our Family Engagement Program. To make this a bit easier, PSA has set up a Sign Up Genius page listing the volunteer opportunities available: https://tinyurl.com/sms-volunteers2017-2018

Our first big event is the Halloween Harvest Festival/Trunk or Treat on Friday, Oct. 27th. Thank you to everyone that has signed up so far, however, we are still in need of a chairperson for this event. If being in charge isn’t for you, there are many other opportunities to help on this night. This is a fun family night, and is the biggest PSA fundraiser of the year. Please consider volunteering to help.

A reminder to parents with children participating in a sport…you will be required to perform additional hours of service helping at games with the gate, concessions, etc. Your child’s coach will let you know how many hours need to be performed for that sport. These hours will NOT count toward your 10 family hours.

A Brand New SMART Kids

This year our SMART (St. Mark Against Random Trash) Kids program will be open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students only. The jr. high students will be doing a recycling project in the science classes with Mrs. Martin. SMART Kids will begin on Monday, Sept. 11th from 3-4PM. We are looking for parent volunteers to help with this service activity. Parents will lead groups on an assigned route to pick up trash and help keep our St. Mark neighborhood clean. If you have questions about this program, please feel free to email Mrs. Faley at mfaley.

Renweb Updates

Parents, we want to thank you for your patience as we continue to work through Renweb’s updates. If you find that you cannot access an area in ParentsWeb that was previously available to you, please do not hesitate to let me know at chapp. I hope to have most of the bugs ironed out on our end in the near future, and I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Social and Emotional Curriculum

As part of Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies, we are implementing in all grades Pre-K- 8th additional social-emotional education through a curriculum called The Zones of Regulation.

The Zones of Regulation curriculum (“The Zones” for short), are lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, licensed occupational therapist, to help children develop and strengthen skills in the area of self-regulation and emotional awareness and management. The lessons are designed to help students recognize when they are in different regulation states and learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in. Students will gain an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading other people’s facial expressions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger behaviors, as well as coping and problem solving skills.

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

Here are some ways that you can support your child at home throughout the year:

  • Show interest in learning about The Zones vocabulary and concepts they are learning-try to have them teach you!

  • Ask your child what they have shared as some of their triggers for each zone.

  • Help your child gain awareness of their zones and feelings by pointing out your observations.

  • Use the language and talk about the concepts of The Zones as they apply to a variety of environments. Make comments so your child understands it is natural that we all experience the different zones and strategies to control ourselves. For example, “This is really frustrating me and I am in Yellow Zone. I need a strategy to calm down. I will take some deep breaths.”

  • Talk about what zone is “expected” in the situation.

  • Share with your child how their behavior is affecting the zone you are in and how you feel.

Please visit website for additional information detailing each of the zones and the targeted objectives for the year: http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html.

Fundraiser Turn In Dates

Mon. 9/11-Coop Day (bring a postcard)

Wed. 9/13 Coop Day (bring a postcard)

Fri. 9/15 Coop Day (bring a postcard)

The last day of this fundraiser will be Monday, Sept. 18th.

Free Day at the Riverfront Museum

This Saturday, Sept. 9th, the Peoria Riverfront Museum will hold a Science Rocks! Free Day. All activities, galleries, and public planetarium shows will be free and open to the public. There will be chemistry and science activities in the lobby from 11am-2pm. (Admission to the giant screen theater is not included.) Contact the Museum at 309 686-7000 for more information.

St. Jude Run/Walk

Join supporters and participate in this year’s St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 23rd at Northwoods Community Church. The Walk/Run committee has proposed a Peoria Parochial School Challenge to see which school (St. Mark, St. Phil’s, or St. Vincent) can register the most participants and/or raise the most money. In addition to the Walk/Run, there will be lots of fun activities! Contact the school for a registration form.

Calendar of Events for the Week of 9/11

Mon. 9/11-Fri. 9/15

ITBS Testing for grades 3,5,7

Thu. 9/14

Girls BB @ Blessed Sacrament starting at 5:30PM (6,8)

First Communion/Reconciliation Meeting 6PM

Boy Scout sign-up event 6:30PM

Lunch Menu for the Week of 9/11

Mon. 9/11

Chicken fajita wrap, cheese, salsa, refried beans, cucumbers w/ranch, dried fruit mix, milk

Tue. 9/12

Mini maple pancakes, bacon, jicama sticks, apple frudel bar, milk

Wed. 9/13

Chicken nuggets, fries, broccoli w. Ranch, applesauce, milk

Thu. 9/14

Chicken and noodles, peas, mixed fruit, dinner roll w/butter, milk

Fri. 9/15

TREAT DAY, Hot dog on a bun, coney sauce, carrot sticks w/ranch, applesauce, milk

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