IMPORTANT DATES & UPCOMING EVENTS
April 29th Spalding Application and all scholarship applications due TODAY!
April 30th Art Fair Open House at 5:30-7:00pm
May 2nd- PreK-K Open House at 5:30-6:30
May 3rd-5th 6-8th MAP testing
May 5th 12:30 Early Dismissal/Spirit Day/ Faculty Meeting
May 6th- 1st Communion Retreat
May 7th- First Communion at 11:00am
May 10th- K-5th MAP testing
May 13th- May Crowning & Awards Day/ 6-8th Bowling Field Trip
May 17th- Seminarian Visit for 5th-8th grades/ K-2 Wildlife Prairie Park
May 19th- PreK- 1st Water Day/ 3-5th Detweiller Park
May 20th- 6th and 7th Bradley Park Field Trip
May 24th- Field Day
May 26th- Last day of School! Mass at 8:00am and dismissal at 11:30am
Order your 2021-2022 yearbook at https://www.treering.com/ Passcode- 1016437436124628.
Orders are due by April 29th. Cost for this year’s yearbook is $14.00
DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, MAY 1ST. LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
FINE ARTS SHOW & OPEN HOUSE
PRE-K- 1ST GRADE OPEN
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
TODAY IS THE FINAL DAYS TO COMPLETE THE TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR!
Deadlines for our tuition assistance opportunities are coming quickly. In order to be considered for any assistance from St. Mark School & Parish, families are required to apply for all of the scholarships that you are eligible for.
We ask that you reach out by April 8th, if you need help completing any of the steps. There will be no one available to help during April 14th-24th due to our spring break. Please be aware that you need to have your 2021 taxes done in order to apply for Spalding, Kremer, and Empower Illinois.
Every step of applying for tuition assistance needs to be followed. If you look at the tuition rates below and determine what your total cost is, you should be able to understand what your potential need might be. As you can see from the Tuition Contract sample below, EVERY family already receives assistance from the Parish. Families cannot assume that the same assistance that you received last year will be available again this year. There is not a guarantee that you will receive these scholarships because they each have limited funds. It is important that you also send in a letter explaining your need to the Tuition Assistance Committee.
2022-2023 ST. MARK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Financial assistance for St. Mark School Tuition is available from multiple sources for our K-8th grade students ONLY.
* All applications are due TODAY, April 29th
1. The Invest in Kids Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship
2. The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Fund
3. The Kremer Foundation
4. St. Mark Parish
5. Legacy Scholarship
*Note: All families requesting ANY financial aid must complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Application at https://online.factsmgt.com/aid
You will receive step-by-step instructions and need the following documents to complete the application:
· Federal income tax return and supporting schedules
· W-2 Wage & Tax Statements
You will need to pay the application fee in order to submit the application.
Assistance with your FACTS Grant & Aid Application is available online or call Customer Service 866-441-4637.
1. The Invest in Kids Empower Illinois Tax Credit
The application for this scholarship is at empowerIllinois.org. Applicants must meet certain household income criteria to be eligible. Application reservations opened on January 14, 2022. This is available only to K-8th grade students. Application is on-going, but must be completed by April 29th for current families to be considered for assistance for the next school year.
2. The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship
This is an endowment fund established in honor of Archbishop Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria. Tuition assistance scholarship grants are available to students enrolled/intending to enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12 in any Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are members of a Catholic parish in the diocese.
3. The Kremer Foundation
This grant that is offered to St. Mark may have up to $1000 scholarships for St. Mark students entering K-8th grade. The application is attached to this email. Eligibility is explained on the form.
4. St. Mark Parish Scholarship
Families must complete a FACTS Grant & Aid application and provide tax documents. You can submit a letter detailing additional assistance needed to be considered for assistance from St. Mark Parish. This letter and documentation can be dropped off to the school office in a sealed envelope marked Tuition Assistance Committee.
5. Legacy Scholarship (this for Pre-K students ONLY)
This newly approved incentive was approved by the Finance Council just this year. For families who have children in Pre-K AND any children in grades K-8th, a $1000 scholarship may be applied to your tuition. This scholarship is available for five day/full day students only with a K-8th sibling at SMS.
All scholarship grants are issued for one school year. Families must reapply annually for
consideration. Families are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure ample time to gather and submit any required documents. Assistance will be based on need and completing all the required steps. For new families who apply after the deadlines above, you may still apply for St. Mark Parish Scholarship, but funds may be limited or possibly unavailable.
*Note: If you are awarded the Empower Illinois Scholarship or the Spalding Scholarship, your aid from St. Mark will be adjusted. If you receive the Empower Illinois Scholarship your Spalding Scholarship will be rescinded.
Again, we are here to help you along the way and want to ensure you have all the appropriate documentation in on time to increase your chances of receiving the assistance your family needs. Please let us know if you have any questions and contact us at the school office at 309-676-7131.
Please be sure to complete ALL of your applications and turn in your letter to the Tuition Assistance Committee to the school office by April 29th.
PEORIA NOTRE DAME NEWS
Eighth 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 Peoria Notre Dame Shadow Visit-Request
LEPRECHAUN ACADEMY DAY
Leprechaun Academy Day May 2, 2022 9am-11:30am at PND Athletic track.
Register at https://forms.gle/5YV9JSiYMKHUsr76A.
PEORIA NOTRE DAME YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
It's time to register for baseball and softball! There are programs for tee-ball, House Baseball and House Softball. Register at ndyouthbaaseball.com. Registration ends April 1. Questions contact Michelle Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org
EMMAUS DAYS 2022
Sessions 1 and 2 will be held at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign, Illinois. Participants deepen their faith and focus on discerning God's will through prayer and the sacraments. By listening to and spending time with priests and seminarians, participants get a glimpse into their lives. Session 1 is for those who are in col- lege, as well as single men in their 20s and 30s who are discerning their vocation. Online registration will open April 1, 2022.
Session 1- June 10-12, 2022
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center Champaign, IL
Session 2-June 24-26, 2022
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center Champaign, IL
Sessions 3 and 4 will be held at Peoria Notre Dame High School. Led by seminarians, participants hear God’s call to become real Christian men. The experience includes prayer, talks and activities like basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee and card games.
Session 3- July 17-20, 2022
High School Freshmen & Sophomores Peoria Notre Dame High School
Session 4- July 20-22, 2022
Seventh & Eighth Graders Peoria Notre Dame High School
CATHOLIC MEN’S MARCH- April 30
Join Bishop Lou Tylka for his first Men’s March as bishop of the Peoria Diocese on April 30 beginning at 8:30 am. The march will take place at 200 NE Water Street, however you can park at the Cathedral. A bus will bring you to the riverfront from the Cathedral Parking lot.The event will include:
8:30 am - Confessions at Riverfront
9:00 am - Gathering & Opening Prayer
9:15 am - Men's Rally with Fr. Charles Klamut 9:45am - March to Cathedral
10:30 am - Mass with Bishop Lou Tylka at Cathedral
11:45 am - Fellowship and food at Spalding Center
For more information, please contact Julie Enzenberger at email@example.com.
The Peoria Area Performing Arts School is bringing back their 3rd Annual Summer Institute. This is a musical theatre program that not only produces a large-scale musical, but guest professionals are brought in to help students build technique and skills they can use on the stage and beyond. This year they are producing Footloose the Musical. Any students who are interested can check out their website http://www.performpeoria.com. The website lists all details about the show, and introduces some of their guest artists who will be joining them for this high energy production. Included is a video that talks about the program. Please don't hesitate to reach out to PAPAS if you need more information or have any questions.
P.S. In addition to Footloose (grades 7-College Age) We will be doing an 80's Pop Idol Camp, where students will also have the opportunity to be on stage in Footloose as well. This info. is included on the website.
Institute Video Link :
ATTACHMENTS & FLYERS