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Weekly Update – Feb. 17


Maya Angelou

OECTA Labour Negotiations Update

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020, as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.

Term 1 Reporting

Your child’s Term 1 Report Card will be sent home on Wednesday, February 19. As you are aware, due to OECTA’s Job Action, reports will only highlight your child’s marks (letters or percentages) along with letters for the Learning Skills section. At St. Mark School, we strive on great, ongoing, and open communication between home and school. Although teachers have been in regular contact with families, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. You can also learn more about how student achievement is reported on, in the Halton Catholic District School Board here:  Reporting Student Achievement

Walk to School Wednesdays / February Spirit Days for Halton Food for Thought “Feeduary”

Our next Winter Walking Wednesday /Civvies- Winter Head Gear (toque / ear muffs / fancy headband) Day is Feb. 19th . Congratulations to this week’s class winners Mrs. Brennan’s Grade 5/6 Class with the highest number of student walkers.

We are asking families to donate $5.00, using the school’s Cash Online System to participate in this month’s Spirit Days to help raise funds that will support St. Mark’s Snack Bin Program directly.  We have raised $400.00, thus far!! THANK YOU for your continued support in helping us collect funds for our Snack Bin Program!!

Upcoming Dates

February 26th – Walking Wednesday and Wear a Touch of Pink / Stand Up to Bullying – We encourage our students and staff to wear pink and take a stand to make a difference by promoting actions of kindness, thoughtfulness, and acceptance.

Lunchbox Orders

This week’s Lunchbox Orders from “Pita Pit” will be delivered to St. Mark on Wednesday, February 19 for our 12:10 lunch. Gentle reminder that food orders are due Sunday by noon online at

Popcorn Sales

Intermediate classes will be selling popcorn on Thursday at Lunch for $2.00 / bag. This will be the last week before Lent. Popcorn Sales will resume after Easter.

Foodbank Friday on Thursday

Mother Teresa once stated, “We can do no great things – only small things with great love.”  Due to OECTA Labour Disruption on Friday, February 21, Foodbank Friday will be on Thursday. Let’s show our love for the less fortunate by donating one non – perishable item.  Together, we can continue to make a difference in our community. Please consider donating one of the most needed items: rice and favoured rice, canned juice and juice boxes, pancake mix and syrup, cold cereal or canned fruit.  Thank you for your continued generous support!

PIZZA DAY on Thursday, February 20

Due to OECTA Labour Disruption on Friday, February 21, Pizza Day will be on Thursday.

STEAM: Save the Date – THURS. FEB. 20

We are hosting our Annual S.T. E.A.M. Night on Thursday February 20th in the school’s gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We hope you can join us for this wonderful event. Students from the Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School S.T.E.A.M. Club will be facilitating the activities for the night. You can look forward to coding, Lego robotics, engineering, problem solving, experiments, art, tech gadgets and more! Please return bottom portion of STEAM flyer Steam-Night-Flyer-2020 and let us know how many people are attending by Tuesday, February 18.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Message from St. Mark Catholic School Council

Volunteers Needed – Our Catholic School Council will be needing a number of volunteers for upcoming events.  It is mandatory that all volunteers must have their Criminal Reference Check (CRC), which includes the Vulnerable Sector Screening. The Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is a “one time only” check (through Halton Police). Each year afterwards, St. Mark will send home a Volunteer Criminal Offence Declaration Form for completion.

If you need to complete your Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening, please visit your nearest Police Station. You will need 2 pieces of identification and there is a “one time” fee. Clearances are mailed to your home within 6-8 weeks. Once it has been received, please bring it to the school office for us to copy and keep on file.

Shrove Tuesday

Our Catholic School Council is planning to cook enough pancakes for the whole school on Shrove Tuesday, February 25, starting at 8:00 a.m.  Classes will be served pancakes in the Gym, starting at 9:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. If you are available to help cook / or serve our students and have your Criminal Reference Check (CRC) which includes the Vulnerable Sector Screening and / or updated Volunteer Criminal Offence Declaration, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Nelson at Please specify your available times.

We are also looking for electric grills to cook the pancakes and crock pots to keep them warm.  Please be sure to label all items so that they could be returned back to you.

Family Carnival Night

Our Catholic School Council is looking forward to celebrating another great year at St. Mark’s Family Carnival Night, on Thursday, June 4. In preparation for this incredible evening with all our families, we are looking for donations to fill the Raffle Baskets. If you would like to make a donation, please drop off your item at the Office, clearly labeled with your family name, so that we can acknowledge you at the event. Tax receipts will be issued upon request for donations of $25 or more.  If you would like a tax receipt, please provide an itemized receipt of your donation, name of establishment and address. Please note that Halton Catholic School Board will issue the tax receipt in January 2021.

We are also accepting donations through the HCDSB –Make a donation for our Carnival Games. If you are interested in helping to fund one of our games, please specify amount and choose St. Mark CES from the dropdown fund destination. Please note that a donation receipt will be emailed to you upon completion of your cart checkout.

The support of all our families and volunteer involvement, is always very much appreciated! A sincere THANK YOU!! 2019/ 2020 Catholic school Council

Wishing everyone a wonderful Family Day on Monday (No School)!

Ms. Pasceri – Principal

Family Day – No School
Feb 17 all day
Lunchbox – Pita Pit
Feb 19 all day
Walking Wednesday and Winter Head Gear (Civvies Day)
Feb 19 all day
Catholic Council of Chairs @ St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Foodbank Friday on Thursday!
Feb 20 all day
S.T.E.A.M. Family Night
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

St. Mark Catholic School Council and Notre Dame STEAM Club presents Family S.T.E.A.M Night on February 20, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.Join us to explore the world of S.T.E.A.M. – science, technology,engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Students from the Notre Dame Catholic Secondary school S.T.E.A.M. Club will be facilitating the activities for the night.

You can look forward to coding, Lego robotics, engineering, problem solving, experiments, art, tech gadgets and more!

Shrove Pancake Day
Feb 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
OECTA One Day Strike- CANCELLED! St. Mark is OPEN
Feb 25 all day
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