Hello summer! Today is the last day of the 2018-19 school year. Testing is finished, report cards are printed, diplomas are signed, and it’s time to celebrate! We hope that everyone has a wonderful, restful summer. We will see you in August!!
After 35 years of dedicated service to our school, Kathy and Ray Driscoll, will retire from serving our student lunches everyday here at SMS. We have been so blessed to have this dynamic duo giving of themselves to our students for so many years!
After 20 years of committed service to our school, Cathy Happ, is setting her sights on a well-deserved retirement and spending more time with her recently retired husband, Greg, and their family.
After two years of completing her Master’s in Education for the Alliance for Catholic Education through the University of Notre Dame, we bid farewell to Ms. McNally. Not only do we congratulate her on her own academic achievements, we are thankful for her time and devotion to St. Mark’s. Ms. McNally plans to move closer to home to the east coast to continue her teaching career.
All of us here will miss Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll, Mrs. Happ and Ms. McNally and will never forget their contributions to our school. Please join us in wishing them all the best in their retirement and best of luck to Ms. McNally on her new chapter in teaching.
Monday, August 19
First Day of School
Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 30
Heat Schedule 1:30PM dismissal
Please be aware that lunch prices will rise in the fall. The price for hot lunch will be $2.55 and includes milk. Ala carte items will be 75¢ each.
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.
Parent Advocacy Alert – Invest in Kids Program
In less than 10 days, the legislative session will be over and Illinois will have a new state budget. What does this mean for the Invest in Kids Program? We must make our voices heard now to save the program. Tax credit scholarship advocates have been pounding the pavement in Springfield each day to demand that legislators do not balance the state budget at the expense of Illinois’ kids and their education.
If you are unable to go to Springfield to personally meet with your state senator and representative, you can still make an impact! Let your elected officials know how important the tax credit scholarship program is to your family, school, and community. Stand up for Illinois’ kids and quality education options by contacting your legislator today at https://p2a.co/5s66BXA
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.
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.
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.
If you have questions or would like additional information about our summer target program, please contact Miss Medland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 – email@example.com by June 3rd
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
Lady Irish Basketball
2019 GIRLS YOUTH SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP June 3-6, 2019
Girls entering 3rd – 5th grades: 10:30am-12:00pm
Girls entering 6th – 8th grades: 12:30-2:30pm
PND Basketball Coaches and players provide enthusiastic instruction. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals. Camp includes individual and team competitions. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt. Please register by May 24th. Camp Fee is $50. Make checks payable to: PND Lady Irish Basketball. For more info or questions please contact: Layne Langholf at
firstname.lastname@example.org, 309-369-6707, OR Jill Plunkett at email@example.com. Registration forms can be picked up at PND. Please mail registration form & payment to: Coach Layne Langholf, 5105 North Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614
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.
JUNE 3 – JUNE 6 (MONDAY-THURSDAY)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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.
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.
6th – 8th Grade
July 29th – August 2nd
8am – 12pm
9th – 12th Grade
July 29th – August 2nd
1pm – 5pm
Spots are still available in these other great STEAM opportunities:
June 10th – 21st
July 8th – 12th
July 15th – 19th