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It’s hard to believe we have finally reached our last day of school!  Last Thursday, May 19th we graduated our 8th grade class with a beautiful Mass and ceremony. Best of luck to all our students as they begin their high school career! Congratulations to ALL of our students and their families on all accomplishments.  We are so proud of each and every one of our students at SMS!

As we wrap up, I would like to take a few moments to personally extend a thank you to our incredible school staff who work very hard on a daily basis to guide our children and help them learn and grow. We would be hard pressed to find a more caring and dedicated group of teachers.  I would also like to thank our PSA board and our parent volunteers for the hours of dedication to help enrich our school and build a sense of community for our students.  To all our parents, I would like to say thank you for trusting us with your children, and for your investment and support to provide a quality education for our children.

Students’ report cards will be sent home with your child today. For planning purposes, our first day of school in the fall is August 16.  We plan to kick off our new year at the Taste of St. Mark Event on August 13thand hold a Unpack your Backpack time that evening as well.

Wishing all of you a wonderful summer filled with blessings and God’s grace. Be safe and enjoy the days ahead of rest and relaxation!! God is good: All the time!! 

Summer blessing for families:

May we make our homes places of relaxation,

joy, love, peace and safety.

May we be generous and considerate, 

not thinking only about ourselves, 

but helping others enjoy the blessings of the summertime.

Lord God, Creator of all things,

guide our steps and strengthen our hearts 

during these months of summer and vacation days.

Grant us refreshment of mind and body. 

May we constantly strive to make a meaningful difference

in the lives of our loved ones and in the world around us

as we enjoy the warm days of summertime.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Camp Invention Flyer

Save the Date-Randy Simmons Memorial Race for PND 

Save the Date- Totus Tuus

Jim Carlson Basketball Camp for St. Jude

2022-2023 School Health Requirements

TENTATIVE 2022-2023 School Calendar


Thanks to Raphael Rodolfi of Videogenique, we now have our own Vimeo account where we can share many of the videos that we have taken at our school.  If you missed this year’s musical, Disney’s Lion King, Jr., it is not available to watch.  Save it for a rainy day this summer! You will love it! 



If you are interested in summer tutoring, in person and or via zoom, please contact Mrs. Alexander         ( This service would be free to families if interested. 


Catholic Charities may have backpacks for students who need them. If you would like a backpack for your child, please call the school office by Thursday, June 2nd.  Backpacks will be delivered to the school during the summer.  We will let you know when they arrive.. 


We are co-oping with St. Vincent de Paul for the following sports: cross country, boys and girls basketball, track and field, and cheerleading. We are still looking for a 6th grade GIRLS’ basketball coach.  If you are interested, please let us know by calling the school office at 309-676-7131.


Open Gyms- highly encouraged 

Summer open gyms will start Monday, June 6th. We are planning on practicing every Monday morning from 9-10:30, with a back up time of Monday 6:30-8 if it rains.  Practice will be outside most of the time during the summer in the parking lot and also in the new gym. Drop off and pick up at the new gym doors.

*There will not be open gyms the week Totus Tuus and when the gym floor is refinished.  More details to come.

*Open gyms will go through June and July. We will not practice in August and September because of girls’ basketball, soccer and golf. Practices resume in October, boys basketball season starts at the end of October.



Calling All Soccer Players!!!

PPSA Soccer is run through the Parish for all incoming 1st-8th Graders. 

Registration packets will be available for pick-up at the Rectory in mid-June – and should be returned there with the fee.

The cost is $45 per player and includes a T-shirt/jersey.

*Registrations will not be accepted without payment.  

Questions please email 



Taste of St. Mark is scheduled for August 13th following the 4:30 mass.  The classrooms will also be open for students to drop off their backpacks. Specific details about the evening will be sent closer to the event.

If you own a restaurant or have a signature dish and would be willing to prepare food for the event, or would like to participate in planning for the event or helping at the event, please contact Angela Barth at The more help, the lighter the load for everyone!  This is a great way to kick off the new school year and meet new families. Get involved - you’ll be glad you did!


Are you looking for a great way to meet other families and help St. Mark School?  PSA has plenty of opportunities to do this!  We are currently looking for a PSA secretary, PSA Hispanic Outreach Member, and volunteers to help with the planning of Taste of St. Mark on August 13th.  Also, if you would like to volunteer with PSA in any other capacity or have any ideas, reach out anytime!!  Please consider helping in any way you can to make our events a success.  For more information email Angela Barth at  


If you shop for groceries online or have digital receipts, you can submit your email receipts to earn Box Tops for our school! Visit the app or website for more details and to see a full list of participating retailers. The Box Tops mobile app is easy to use, and the earnings add up fast. See how it works!

Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. From playground equipment to technology to library books, our school can use this money to help teachers and students get the supplies they need.


It's for anyone who doesn't currently have the BOXTOPS scanning app and will earn the school $5 with their first scan before May 31. Referral code during registration: teachersmakeusbetter



Registration is now open for the PND Summer Athletic Camps. Registration information for all camps can be found on our website(link below).


Registration is online this year at this link:


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