New benches in the grotto donated by the Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018
Happy Friday! Please be sure to check your email. Students’ report cards are being emailed to all parents/guardians today. If you have any questions about your child’s grades, please contact their teacher to setup a conference time.
Dates to Remember
Saturday, March 30
20th Annual Auction at the Itoo Hall
Sunday, March 31
Confirmation at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 3:30pm
Thursday, April 4
Early (12:30PM) Dismissal
Friday, April 5 – Saturday, April 6
Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 23
Be sure to check the new benches donated by our Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018. They were placed around our grotto area. It will be a nice place to take classes for a quiet prayer or reflection.
Spring Musical – Shrek, Jr.
Come at meet the exiled fairytale creatures as they cheer on Shrek and his trusty steed, Donkey, on the quest to reclaim their place in the city of Duloc! Toss in some hilarious characters, a lonely and annoyed Dragon, and Lord Farquaad with a small – er, tiny…un…-request for a Princess and you’re bound to see some magic.
Join us at St. Mark School for Shrek, Jr.! Performance times:
Friday, April 5 at 7PM
Saturday, April 6 at 1PM
Saturday, April 6 at 7PM
Tickets are $5 each and will be available starting Tuesday in the school office.
St. Mark’s School Pre-K 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 Writing Workshop with St. Mark’s alumni, Kate and Sarah Klise. More details about the this event to come!
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 the registration cost increased March 1st to $75.
We are SOLD OUT!
The good news is that even if you can’t attend, you can still bid on items. 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 still have openings for help on the night of the Auction. 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.
Plan ahead and use Scrip for your Easter shopping needs! We have Scrip for Kohls and Target for that new Easter outfit. We also have Scrip for Pottstown Meat and Deli for that delicious Easter ham. 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 Spring Musical
Notre Dame High School presents the Miracle Worker (THIS WEEKEND, March 29-31), directed Mr. Bryan Blanks. PND is proud to have St. Mark alumni involved in this production. Graduate Daniel Kerns will also be serving as the stage crew. Tickets will be sold at the door or you can use the link below to order tickets online in advance. Go support PND and our SMS theatre alumni!
Ticket Order Form Link
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 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 email@example.com
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
PND Dance Team Tryouts
Click on the link below for more information regarding tryouts for the 2019-2020 PND Dance Team.
Calendar of Events
Scholastic Bowl @ St. Thomas
Monday: Meatball sub w/mozzarella cheese, green beans mixed fruit, milk
Tuesday: Mini corn dogs, baked beans, carrot sticks w/ranch, applesauce, milk
Wednesday: Chicken noodle soup, crackers, PBJ sandwich, broccoli w/ranch, peaches, milk
Thursday: Pork tenderloin on a bun, fries, celery sticks w/ranch, mandarin oranges, milk
Friday: TREAT DAY, Cheese pizza sticks w/dipping sauce, cucumbers w/ranch, pears/pineapple, milk