Happy Friday! Easter Break is FINALLY HERE!
Dates to Remember
Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 23
Thursday, May 2
Early (12:30PM) dismissal
Sunday, May 5
Friday, May 10
May Crowning and Awards Day
Thursday, May 16
8th Grade graduation
Friday, May 24
Last day of school 11:30AM dismissal
Please remember to get your yearbook orders in soon. Orders are due by April 29th. Cost for this year’s yearbook is $12. Order forms are available in the school office. You can also order online by visiting: www.inter-state.com/yearbook and entering the code 32648K
Auction Update and Heartfelt Thanks
Our 20th anniversary Roaring 20’s Auction really was a Night to Remember! After expenses, we raised more than $140,000! This was $15,000 over our goal and more than we have ever raised! We had over 450 people at the Itoo Hall, another record. The Principal’s Project and live auction also raised record amounts. We even had more desserts for the Dessert Dash than ever before! It’s hard to quantify fun, but the room was rocking!
We want offer a huge thank you to Chair Matthew Kindred-Winget and Co-Chair Cachet Rodriguez who did such a fantastic job leading the auction effort! They put their blood, sweat, and tears into the auction because they believe in St. Mark’s School and that children should have the opportunity to attend our wonderful school regardless of their ability to pay, and they led us to record-setting results!
We are excited that Matt and Cachet have already started planning for next year’s auction! The next auction will be on March 28, 2020, with a travel theme, “Adventure is in My Soul.” Mark your calendars now!
Thanks so much to Matt and Cachet!!
SMS Talent Show
Do you have a cool talent you’d like to share with our school? The annual Talent Show will be on Tuesday, May 21. Every student wishing to participate must audition to have their talent approved. Students will need to sign up for one audition time either on Tuesday, May 7 or Wednesday, May 8. Students who are selected / approved to participate will need to attend the Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday, May 14. Sign-ups will be on the bulletin board in between the gym and the office under the TV monitor. Any questions may be directed to Miss Connon.
Please complete the online registration forms as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. The registration fee is now $75.
The Scrip program enables the school to purchase gift cards at a discounted price. Individuals purchase the gift cards for face value and the school receives the difference. Percentage of profit varies from retailer to retailer. In addition, Krogers shoppers can register their Kroger card on Kroger.com for the school to receive a donation each time they make a purchase. (No gift card purchase needed.).
We would like to encourage our families to utilize our Scrip program whenever possible. Using Scrip benefits the school, and can earn a rebate back to families that purchase enough Scrip to earn the school $50 in profits. After the first $50 in profits, the school and family share any additional profit for the year.This rebate can be applied to things such as lunch balances, Aftercare, or tuition.
Now available in stock through St. Mark Scrip: $25 Circle K gift cards with a 1.5% rebate. We still have a few BP $50 cards available in stock. Also, as of right now the Old Chicago Pizza Pals will no longer be available, but $25 Old Chicago gift cards are available.
Don’t forget that Scrip gift cards are available for purchase in the school office Monday-Friday during normal office hours and after Masses on the weekends.
If you have questions or need to place a special order, contact Pat Nedza, Scrip coordinator at 697-4845.
Parents are encouraged to apply online at: online.factsmgt.com/aid. Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for the 2019-2020 school year must reapply.
Deadline date for the completed application is April 15, 2019. Notification of grant awards will be made by mid-June, 2019.
Another funding opportunity is also available due to the Invest in Kids Act legislation in Illinois. Students may be eligible for up to 100% of tuition and fees under a new program for tax credit scholarships (TCS). Details on how to apply and who qualifies are available on the Empower Illinois website at www.empowerillinois.org. Students who receive a TCS are ineligible to receive a Spalding award.
If you have applied for a Tax Credit Scholarship through Empower Illinois, you can check your application progress, eligibility status, and award status on your EmpowerXChange portal. Scholarship awards began on January 28 and will continue on a rolling basis.
If you have questions regarding the completion of your application you may contact the Empower Illinois parent hotline 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.
St. Mark’s Totus Tuus program will be held June 23-28. Contact Peggy Dwyer at 303-9320 or Terry Mischler at 497-2838 for more information.
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PND Cheer Camp
PND will host a kids cheer camp June 3-6 from 8-10AM. This camp is open to all incoming K-8th students. Cost for this camp is $50.
PND Fall Musical
Mark your calendars!! Auditions for the Fall musical will be Tuesday, May 14 from 6-8PM and Wednesday, May 15 from 3:15-5:30PM in the auditorium. We had a great time with Footloose and we look forward to next Fall’s BIG musical with lots of parts and dancing. Show to be Announced Soon!
**We will also have an informational meeting for all incoming freshman on Monday, May 13 from 4-5:30PM in the commons. We will be reaching out to all incoming freshman and working with area middle schools to announce this as well. Rehearsals will start the week School returns in August. Monday-Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM.**
PND Leprechaun Academy
PND will once again be offering Leprechaun Academy for potty-trained 3-5 year olds. Contact PND for more information on this program.
PND Cheer Tryouts 2019-2020
Tryout information – All workshops and tryouts will take place in the PND gym.
Before you tryout, be certain that you are committed to the program
April 23,24: workshops 5-7 PM : girls will learn cheers and dance to be performed at tryouts
April 25: workshop and tryouts Part 1: 5-7PM: girls will continue to learn cheers and dance. They will also be judged on jumps and tumbling. Varsity members will be judged on stunting.
April 26: tryouts Part 2: 4:00PM: girls will be judged on cheers and dance
***April 29- mandatory uniform fitting 3:15 @ PND; 4:15 parent meeting
***attendance at Kids camp, June 3-6 is mandatory (girls on the PND mission trip are excused)
*** There will be practice and conditioning throughout the summer. While summer practice is flexible, you are strongly encouraged to attend as much as you are able to.
***cheerleaders must be able to attend camp at ISU July 16-19.
***Official mandatory practice/mass for the fall season begins Sunday, August 11.
Tryout results will be posted the evening of April 26th at https://pndathletics.com/index.aspx?path=cheer
Questions? Contact Alona Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow this link for registration information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11-L1CLA6VAaelHpyRuCbNGtd9F8usgD4FaGaPKpQByM/edit?usp=sharing An informational flyer is also attached.
Calendar of Events
Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22
Spalding Scholarship is due
Track Meet @ PND (St. Mark Relays) starting at 4:30PM
Track meet @ Brimfield starting at 4PM
Monday 4/15 – Monday 4/22: Easter Break
Tuesday 4/23: Tacos w/cheese, lettuce and salsa, corn, refried beans, applesauce, milk
Wednesday 4/24: Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, lettuce mix w/dressings, sliced pears, polka dot pudding, milk
Thursday 4/25: Popcorn chicken, fried rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges, bread and butter, milk
Friday 4/26: Hot dog on a bun, chili sauce, carrot sticks w/ranch, sliced peaches, milk