eFolder for April 26

Happy Friday! Welcome back for the final push to the end of the year! Can you believe that in four weeks the 2018-19 school year will come to a close? Mid-terms were emailed to parents/guardians of students in grades 4th-8th this week. If you have any questions regarding your child’s grades, please contact the teacher to discuss any concerns that you may have.


Please remember that this coming Thursday, May 2, is our monthly early (12:30PM) dismissal for our Faculty/Staff meeting. Lunch will be served and aftercare will be available. Students not picked up promptly will be sent to aftercare for supervision.

Dates to Remember


Thursday, May 2

Early (12:30PM) dismissal/ Spirit Day


Friday, May 3

2nd Grade First Communion Retreat


Sunday, May 5

First Communion 11AM Mass


Friday, May 10

May Crowning and Awards Day


Thursday, May 16

8th Grade graduation


Tuesday, May 21

Talent Show 2PM


Wednesday, May 22

Field Day


Friday, May 24

Last day of school 11:30AM dismissal

*Please note that there will not be lunch or aftercare available on the last day.

2019-2020 Registration

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. We need to finalize enrollment numbers in order to order textbooks, etc. If you know that your child will not be returning to SMS in the fall, please notify the office as soon as possible.

Children’s ADA

All students received envelopes and information about the Children’s Annual Diocesan Appeal and the importance of generously sharing with others the great gifts God gives us. Money collected through the children’s appeal will be used for the various youth programs in our diocese, including Totus Tuus and Emmaus Days.  Please return the envelopes with your child’s donation to school by Friday, May 3.

Field Day

We are very excited that one of the greatest day of the year is approaching us ….. Field Day!

Our Field Day will be held Wednesday, May 22nd the rain day will be Thursday, May 23rd.

Below is a link to the Field Day sign up genius where you can sign up to donate items or volunteer to help make our day run as smoothly as possible. We are also looking for empty tissue boxes, please turn them into the office or Ms. Medland.


Sign up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da5ab2ba7fe3-field



Parents…sorting and packing your child’s uniforms, and don’t know what do with clothes they have outgrown? Please consider donating them to the school. We are looking for clean uniforms and spirit gear in good condition (no rips, tears, or stains, please.) Instead of packing them away, send them to us before the end of the school year. We will store and sort them for our sale in the summer.

School Physicals for 2019-2020

Remember to make your appointments EARLY for the physicals, dentals, eye exams that are required for next school year (2019-2020).


1) PHYSICALS-Students entering K, and 6th grades are required to turn in their PHYSICAL forms before the first day of school. All immunizations must be up-to-date along with verification of lead screening.

2) DENTALS-Students entering K, 2nd, and 6th grades are required to turn in their DENTAL forms before the first day of school.

3) EYE EXAMS-Students entering K are required to turn in their EYE forms before the first day of school.


In addition, any students participating in sports are required to have a Sports Physical on file before they are allowed to attend any practices.

Target Program

We will once again by offering our Target Summer Program.  If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Miss Medland at rmedland@saint-mark.net.

Yearbook Orders

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

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.


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.).  Thank you to this who have done this… we have seen a slight increase in activity.  


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.  


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.

Totus Tuus

St. Mark’s Totus Tuus program will be held June 23-28. Contact Peggy Dwyer at 303-9320 or Terry Mischler at 497-2838 with questions.

Illinois “Invest in Kids”Tax Credit Program

Are you interested in receiving a Tax Credit? What if it could also help the students at St. Mark School? If you are interested in receiving an Illinois state tax credit all while helping more children have access to a private school education at St. Mark School or Peoria Notre Dame High School, let us tell you about donation options available through the Empower Illinois “Invest in Kids Act.”Donors receive an Illinois tax credit worth 75% of their gift (up to $1 million) and donations can be designated to a specific school (St. Mark or Peoria Notre Dame) or a group of schools.Visit www.empowerillinois.org for additional information, or contact the school office for assistance with the donation process.

Peoria Notre Dame News

PND Dance Camp

The PND Dance Team will be having a dance camp for girls 4th-8th grade on June  10-13. Cost is $50 per dancer. You may contact Tally Sevier at pnddanceteam@gmail.com  with questions.


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 Volleyball Open Gym                       

Peoria Notre Dame Volleyball invites any incoming freshman interested in trying out for the 2019 teams to summer open gyms & performance training sessions.



Peoria Notre Dame Junior Football League is now accepting registrations at www.ndjfl.com They offer flag football for ages 5-7 and tackle football for ages 8-14. They also offer Cheerleading for ages 8-14. Your help in registering before June 1st allows them to order the right amount of equipment for the upcoming season. Please contact them at pndjfl@gmail.com with any questions.   


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 6:00-8:00PM.


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.

Bradley WOW Camp

Registration is now open for Bradley University’s World of Wonder (WOW) summer camp for gifted and talented students entering grades 1 – 8.  Two one-week camps will be held at Bradley June 17 – 21 and July 29 – August 2.

Taught by licensed and certified teachers, WOW will provide challenging and hands-on classes in language arts, social sciences, literature, STEM, and art that promote collaboration, higher order thinking, and creativity.  Participants can choose to enroll in one, two, or three classes, or spend the day (including end-of-day recreation). Each class is $99, and recreation sessions are $30 per week.

To register, visit the World of Wonder website at bradley.edu/wow, or call Debbie at (309) 677-2374.

Calendar of Events

Monday, 4/29

Track meet @ Rankin starting at 4:15PM


Thursday, 5/2

Early (12:30PM) dismissal

Spirit Day

Kids Rule the School


Friday, 5/3

First Communion retreat


Saturday, 5/4

IESA Track Sectionals at Elmwood starting at (AM


Sunday, 5/5

First Communion 11AM Mass

Lunch Menu

Monday: Meatball sub sandwich, mozzarella cheese, green beans, pears/pineapple, milk

Tuesday: Mini corn dogs, carrot sticks w/ranch, corn, applesauce, milk

Wednesday: Pulled pork or pork tenderloin on a bun, mixed vegetables, sliced pears, milk

Thursday: Cheese pizza sticks, dipping sauce, lettuce mix w/dressings, mixed fruit, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Chicken patty on a bun, fries, sliced peaches, milk



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