Happy Friday! Today is the end of the third quarter. Report cards will be emailed to all parents/guardians at the end of next week.
Dates to Remember
Sunday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Wednesday, March 20th
Spring Picture Day
Saturday, March 30
20th Annual Auction at the Itoo Hall
Sunday, March 31
Confirmation at St. Mary’s Cathedral
Thursday, April 4
Early (12:30PM) Dismissal
Friday, April 5 – Saturday, April 6
Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22
St. Patrick Day Parade
This year our Region 1 schools have the opportunity to join forces with Peoria Notre Dame to celebrate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in order to show our community support in memory of Randy Simmons. The parade will step off in downtown Peoria at 2PM.
You should have received an email with instructions on when and where to line up for the parade, as well as other details. If you purchased t-shirts, they are being sent home with students.
The Faculty, Students and Staff are also cordially invited to Mass at the Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 17th.
St. Mark’s School PreK Open House and Ice Cream Social – for 3 and 4 Year Old Programs
Tuesday, April 9th 5:45-6:30pm
Come meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and ask questions about the program! We can’t wait to meet you! Please RSVP to the school office at 309-676-7131 by Tuesday, April 2nd.
*Must be 3 years old on or before September 1st*
Join us after for our Literacy Night with the author/illustrator sister team and St. Mark’s alums, Kate and Sarah Klise. More details about the Literacy Night to come!
Winter MAP Scores
Winter MAP testing results are being sent home with your child today. Please take a moment to review this report. More information on MAP test scores can be found at https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Information on registration for the 2019-2020 school year has been emailed to parents/guardians. Please complete these forms as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
Please note that he registration cost increased March 1st to $75.
Our auction is filling up! We now have just over 400 reservations. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, and bring a friend…or two! Reservations can be made online this year. If you would like to make an online reservation, visit the auction website at https://saintmark.schoolauction.net/roaring20s. Reservations can also be dropped off or mailed to the school. The early bird pricing for tickets has been extended for the remaining seats. $40 per person…make your reservation now. We WILL be sold out!
Make sure to check out the online catalog at https://saintmarkschoolauction.net.roaring20s for online items only like teacher for a day and PND sports camps that everyone can bid on!
Help With Our Auction
We have lots of fun and easy ways to help with our 20th anniversary St. Mark’s School Roaring 20’s Auction! You can donate a six pack of craft beer, a bottle or two of wine (unopened, please!) or a dessert for our famous Dessert Dash. We also need help the evening of the auction and with lots of tasks leading up to the big day, March 30. Check out the Sign up Genius to see how you can help!
Follow the Auction on Facebook
Like the auction Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news on our auction: https://www.facebook.com/SMSEventStaff
Help St. Mark by Utilizing our Small Fundraisers
We have a number of ongoing small fundraisers that help to raise money to benefit the school. We would like to encourage our families to help us raise funds by participating in these fundraisers. All of them are no cost and easy to participate in.
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. Scrip is now available in the school office as well as after all weekend Masses.
In addition to the Scrip program, please consider using the following programs to raise funds for our school:
- Brand name ink and toner cartridge recycling program
- Amazon Smile – smile.amazon.com
- Box Tops for Education
- The Coca Cola Giving Program – Coke.com/give
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.
It’s not too early to start planning summer activities for your children! Totus Tuus will be held June 23-28. Contact Peggy Dwyer at 303-9320 or Terry Mischler at 497-2838 for more information.
Peoria Notre Dame News
PND Spanish Testing
On March 20, 3:00 p.m., Peoria Notre Dame High School staff will administer the Spanish placement test for the current 8th grade students who wish to take Spanish II during freshman year. Please communicate this information with your students and their parents.
Students should check in at PND’s main office and ask for Mrs. Jane Perkins. Students should bring a pencil and eraser. They may also bring a water.
Contact Susie Susie Cicciarelli with questions or concerns.
PND Bunny Breakfast
Join Peoria Notre Dame for a morning of Easter Bunny fun! Families are invited to enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Easter arts and crafts, and the annual PND Easter egg hunt. NEW! This year, PND is very happy to feature balloon artist The Unique Twist!
- Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Easter egg hunt will be at 10:30 AM (Be sure to bring your Easter basket!)
- All families and friends are welcome
- Tickets available for purchase at the door – $6/adult, $4/child
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PND Cheer Tryouts 2019-2020
April 23,24; workshops 5-7 PM
April 25; workshop and tryouts Part 1: 5-7PM
April 26; tryouts part 2: 4:00
April 29- uniform fitting 3:15 @ PND; 4:15 parent meeting
***cheerleaders must be able to attend camp July 16-19.
***attendance at Kids camp, June 3-6 is mandatory
***Official mandatory practice/mass begins Sunday, August 11
All workshops will be held in the PND gym. Wear comfortable attire and cheer shoes.
Follow this link for registration information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11-L1CLA6VAaelHpyRuCbNGtd9F8usgD4FaGaPKpQByM/edit?usp=sharing An informational flyer is also attached.
PND Irish Volleyball Academy
Tryouts for PND’s Irish Volleyball Academy will be held on Saturday, March 16. Contact Coach Lauterbach at email@example.com with questions.
PND Dance Team Tryouts
Information regarding tryouts for the 2019-2020 PND Dance Teamis available by clicking the following link:
PND Youth Baseball/Softball
Registration for house league baseball and softball will begin February 1 . Late registration begins after March 15. We offer programs for tee ball, baseball and softball. Register online at www.ndyouthbaseball.com . Questions? Please email our house director at firstname.lastname@example.org for baseball and tee ball or Michelle Baker at email@example.com for softball.
EWTN Program of Interest
Rites of Passage-Leaving Boyhood Behind
Jason Craig leads men to understand what it truly means to be a Catholic father, giving the tools for any man, young or old, who wants to follow God’s plan for their life. March 18-22, 5:30PM EST
Calendar of Events
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
SMART KIds Resumes 3-4PM
Track practice 5:15PM
8AM Mass Feast of St. Joseph
8th Grade Confirmation Retreat
4th Grade to PND
Track practice 5:15PM
Spring Picture Day
Scholastic Bowl @ Home vs. Peoria Academy
Track practice 5:15PM
Monday: Hot dog/bun, coney sauce, fries, baked beans, applesauce, milk
Tuesday: Chicken nuggets, potato wedges, green beans, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk
Wednesday: Tacos w/cheese, lettuce, salsa, corn, carrot sticks w/ranch, pears/pineapple, milk
Thursday: Pancakes, syrup, butter, sausage patty, cucumbers w/ranch, sliced peaches, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Alfredo pasta, lettuce mix w/dressings, sliced pears, garlic bread, milk