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Happy Friday! Congratulations to the SMS Class of 2019! We are so very proud of you. Always remember, “Once a Marksmen, Always a Marksmen”. Good luck in high school!

Dates to Remember

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. EVERY family must be registered in FACTS.   

ALL billing for tuition, lunch, field trips, aftercare, and extra-curricular fees will be paid through FACTS online.

St. Mark Parish Fall Soccer 2019

Information and forms for the Fall soccer season at SMS for students entering grades 1-8 are attached.  All forms MUST be returned by June 23 with the $40 registration fee. (Soccer shirt is included in the fee.) Forms will not be accepted without payment. Teams are determined based on numbers submitted at the end of the year.  This helps determine whether we need to co-op with other schools.

Drama Camp

Interested in acting, singing, dancing, or performing? Come join us for our first ever summer drama camp! This summer, the St. Mark Drama Department is hosting a workshop for students entering grades 4-8 (for the 2019-2020 school year). Over the course of the five day workshop, students will participate in a dance class, an improv class, a vocal lesson, and will eventually work their way up to a performance at the end of the week! The workshop will run June 10-14th from 12:30 – 4:00 and will take place in the St. Mark’s gym. The cost is $30 per student and will cover materials and a snack. Come join the fun! Spots are limited so sign up today! https://bit.ly/StMarkSchoolDramaCamp

*This does not interfere with Summer School, so you can attend both!*

Questions? Contact Amanda Connon – aconnon@saint-mark.net by June 3rd


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). See attached flyer from the Peoria Health Department entitled, “2019-2020 Back to School Health Info.”

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

If you have questions or would like additional information ou our Target summer program, please contact Miss Medland at rmedland@saint-mark.net.


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 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 and Illinois state tax credit all while helping more children have access to a private school education at St. Mark 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.

Catholic Soccer Day Camp

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck is hosting a Catholic Soccer Day Camp July 8-10 for students entering grades 6-12. Camp includes soccer instruction, lunch, daily Mass, Adoration, Confession, and the Rosary, and fun and games. Cost of the camp also includes a camp jersey.  More information can also be found here: https://bit.ly/CatholicSoccerCamp2019

Peoria Notre Dame News

PND Boys’ Soccer Camp

Come join the 4-time Illinois State Champions and the 2018 State Runner-Up for an action packed 4-day boys soccer camp at Peoria Notre Dame.



Boys going into the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grades: 8:30 – 9:45 am

Boys going into the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th grades: 10:00 – 11:45 am



Peoria Notre Dame Head Boys Soccer Coach Mike Bare (2019 National Coach of the Year Finalist), his assistants, and varsity players provide top notch, enthusiastic instruction.

  • Camp held at Peoria Notre Dame H.S. soccer field.
  • Each camper registered before May 31 receives a Notre Dame Soccer School T-Shirt.
  • $60 tuition.
  • All students are to bring their own soccer ball and water.

Application: 2019 PND Soccer School Online Registration


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.   

Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Peoria Public LIbrary is offering a free summer reading program for all ages. You can sign up at any library branch beginning this month.

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.


Due to its popularity, Jump Simulation has added a week-long Mini Med School session to its Summer STEAM Camp Series!

STEAM Mini Med Camp offers a glimpse of what medical students learn about the human body through brief lectures and hands-on opportunities including dissection and realistic clinical scenarios.

Each day will focus on a different anatomical system to help students discover what’s happening in their own bodies.

Mini Med Series AM Camp

6th – 8th Grade

July 29th – August 2nd

8am – 12pm

Mini Med Series PM Camp

9th – 12th Grade

July 29th – August 2nd

1pm – 5pm

Spots are still available in these other great STEAM opportunities:

June 10th – 21st

College Pre-Med Immersion Experience

July 8th – 12th

Summer STEAM Camps (AM and PM Sessions

July 15th – 19th

Summer STEAM Camps (AM and PM Sessions)

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, 5/21

Pre-K St. Jude Trike-a-Thon

Friday, 5/24

Last Day of School 11:30AM dismissal

(There will be NO lunch and NO Aftercare)

Lunch Menu

Monday: Chicken nuggets, fries, broccoli w/ranch, bread and butter, cinnamon apples, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast buffet (pancakes, french toast sticks, sausage, egg patties), tri-taters, carrot sticks cheese stick, strawberries, milk

Wednesday: PBJ sandwich, carrot sticks, grapes, cookie, milk

Thursday: Lunch buffet (chicken patty on a bun, chicken nuggets mashed potatoes w/gravy, baked beans bread and butter, fruit), milk

Friday: Last day of school–No Lunch Served

Summer Activities

Informational flyers are attached for our summer school program, PND camps, PND JFL, volleyball camp at Bradley, Peoria Public Library summer reading program, Totus Tuus, and JUMP Training STEAM camps.


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