eFolder for March 29

The Roaring 20's

Happy Friday! This weekend is our 20th annual auction. Can you believe that we have been holding this amazing fundraiser for 20 years? The event has come a long way from the first auction in the SMS gym! We have a new team that has been working so hard to make this year’s event the best ever. See you tomorrow at the Itoo Hall for a great night. (Bring your credit cards! Every purchase benefits our school!)

Dates to Remember

Saturday, March 30

20th Annual Auction at the Itoo Hall doors open at 5:00pm


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

Spring Musical


Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22

Easter Break


Tuesday, April 23

School Resumes

Uniform Reminder

Starting Monday, April 1st, students will be allowed to wear navy shorts and skorts as part of their uniform. Please remember that all shorts and skorts must be an appropriate length. This should come as good news to all of the moms with kids whose pants are now above their ankles.

Auction News

Our Auction is This Weekend

Even if you can’t attend, you can contribute to the Principal’s Project (Tuition Assistance). Second grade families, you can bid online for the front pew at First Communion. Eighth grade families, make sure you have a front seat for graduation. Teacher for the Day, Lunch with the principal, PND sports camps, and more are available online.  Make sure to check out the online catalog at https://saintmarkschoolauction.net/roaring20s for online only items. Online bidding is open now.


Help With Our Auction

We still have a few 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

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 are available 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*

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.


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.

Spalding Scholarship

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.


(309) 416-0741


Totus Tuus

It’s not too early to start planning summer activities for your children! Totus Tuus will be held June 23-28. Attached is an informational brochure and registration form. Contact Peggy Dwyer at 303-9320 or Terry Mischler at 497-2838 with questions.

Peoria Notre Dame News

PND-Randy Simmons Shirts available for Ordering…AGAIN!

The link is open to the ‘store’ to order the Randy Simmons Tuition Assistance Shirts again.   The cost of the shirt will now be $20 and all the proceeds will go toward Randy Simmon’s Tuition Assistance Fund. People will have the option to have the shirts shipped to them directly (they will need to pay shipping and handling) or they can choose pick-up. For pick-up…they will be able to choose a school they belong to and the shirts will be shipped to your school. The deadline for orders is April 7.


The link to order the shirts is: https://simmons-19.itemorder.com/


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 admissions@pndhs.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 Dance Team Tryouts

Information ifor tryouts for 2019-2020 is  available by clicking the following link:



Calendar of Events

Saturday, 3/30

SMS Annual Auction doors open at 5PM


Sunday, 3/31

Confirmation at the Cathedral 3:30PM


Monday, 4/1

Track meet at Morton starting at 4:30PM


Wednesday, 4/3

Track meet at Dunlap starting at 4PM


Thursday, 4/4

Early (12:30PM) dismissal

Spirit Day

Track meet @ Elmwood starting at 4PM


Friday, 4/5

Pre K Spring Conferences

Spring Musical 7PM


Saturday, 4/6

Spring Musical 1PM, 7PM

Lunch Menu

Monday: Chicken nuggets, fries, celery sticks w/ranch, mixed fruit, bread and butter, milk

Tuesday: Hamburger or cheeseburger on a bun, fries, mixed vegetables, peaches, milk

Wednesday: Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, apples, bread and butter, milk

Thursday: French toast sticks, syrup cup, sausage patty, carrot sticks w/ranch, pears/pineapple, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Grilled cheese or PBJ sandwich, fries, applesauce, milk


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