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Weekly Update – Sept. 21

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Thank you to all the parents and guardians for supporting us as we are working through our safety routines. We appreciate your understanding, support, and cooperation! Thank you!

We all had a very successful first week back at School, with all our students together for the first time, since March, 2020. Thank you to our St. Mark Staff who did a tremendous job working together to ensure that students have the best educational experience possible this year, while remaining safe and healthy.

All In-Class Learners have been given a non-medical cloth mask, provided by the board. Thank you HCDSB 🙂

Daily Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms

Staff are to monitor self and students for signs/symptoms of COVID-19.  All Staff and students who are experiencing new or worsening symptoms consistent with COVID- 19 must go home/stay at home and seek appropriate medical attention as required, including getting tested for COVID-19.

Daily Screening

One way to ensure the safety and well-being of all is to ensure that the virus does not enter our building in the first place.

Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students Any student or staff with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 should:

Stay at home  / Self-isolate / Be referred for testing for COVID-19

Curriculum – Meet the Teacher Night will be Postponed

Typically, we would be hosting our Curriculum Night – Meet the Teacher this upcoming week. We are waiting for direction from the Board. We will inform all families once we get more information on how Curriculum Night could be run.

Bomb Threat Evacuation Drill will be Postponed

Our present date for our Bomb Threat Drill will need to be postponed, as more direction will be coming from the Board, as to whether we are allowed to go to another school for our Evacuation Site.

Catholic School Council

Our first School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 virtually (i.e. TEAMS, Microsoft). Nomination forms are due via email to by Friday, September 25th @3:40 p.m. Please note that no further nominations will be considered after this date and time.

Terry Fox Day

This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. We will be participating in the school run by doing “What is your 40?” The run will be done class by class in their Daily Physical Activity period during the week of September 21st – 25th.  We will have a civvies day on Friday, September 25th and asking all our students to wear red and white in honour of Terry Fox. We will share our School Link next week for families who are interested in making a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Orange Shirt Day

On Wednesday, September 30th, students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt. Orange Shirt Day is in recognition of our indigenous community. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all.

Concussion Protocol

As part of Rowan’s Law Day (Concussion Safety), the last Wednesday of September, each year, will be designated as Rowan’s Law Day; a day to help increase awareness around concussions. A concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website

Remote Learning – Update

Some of our families have opted to keep their children home to participate in remote (online) learning.  Remote learners will be part of a virtual classroom, in a virtual school. Online classes have been finalized and parents with students in virtual classrooms will receive direct communication with details about their children’s virtual classroom, including the name of the teacher, and a link to the online learning platform.  The first day of instruction for students learning from home in our virtual classrooms will be Monday, September 21st, 2020.

Switching Between Remote Instruction and In-Class Instruction:

Families will have the opportunity to switch between in-school instruction and remote learning at three identified points in the year:

After Thanksgiving / After Christmas / After March Break

The application process to switch from in-school instruction to remote learning (and vice versa) will be forthcoming.

Student Agendas

All In- Class Learners from Grade 1 – 8 have received their agendas. Please see CashOnLine for payment details.  Thank you for your support!

Essential Visitor Protocol

Currently, we are limiting the number of visitors to St. Mark Catholic School. Please note that parents/guardians will not be allowed to drop-off items, unless it is an absolute emergency. Students will be released to parents / guardians at the front door, with advance warning / arrangement.

Reminder about Lunch and Snacks

Lunch drop off has been suspended until further notice. Please ensure that your child/ren have their lunch / snacks and water bottle packed in the morning prior to the start of the school day. Thank you in advance!! If your child has permission to go home for lunch, please discourage them to go to local establishments or to a friend’s home.

Medical Concerns

If your child has a medical condition, the existing Student Plan of Care, which you have completed, will remain on file in the office. Please notify Mrs. Cassidy via email at to indicate whether the Student Plan of Care remains the same or if there are any changes. If your child has an epi-pen/puffer/medication, please ensure that you provide them to the school.

Verification and Family Information Forms

Please ensure your child’s verification form and family information forms are returned to the classroom teachers as soon as possible so that we can update your information.

Enjoy your weekend with your family and friends. God’s blessings to each of our families for continued good health!

Ms. Pasceri – Principal

Wear Red and White Day for Terry Fox
Sep 25 all day
We are looking forward to our first Civvies Day, when we wear red and white in honour of our Canadian hero – Terry Fox. 
Scheduled Bomb Threat Drill – POSTPONED
Sep 28 all day

All classes will be following a scheduled (COVID precautions) bomb threat drill, through out the day, so that a few cohorts will walk to Paul A. Fisher School (evacuation site) at one time and meet Public Health requirements. ONLY in the EVENT Of a real EMERGENCY will St. Mark, as all schools, follow the preset Fire Plan / Emergency Evacuation Plans of the school.

Rowan’s Law Day (Concussion Safety Awareness)
Sep 30 all day
Wear Orange for Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters!
Sep 30 all day

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Sept. 21