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Weekly Update – May 24

You will never regret being kind.”

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Message from St. Gabriel Church…..

Update on Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation

We have received communication from the Bishop’s office regarding Sacraments that were scheduled to take place in May & June 2021.

The celebration of all Sacraments will be rescheduled and will be celebrated in the Fall 2021.  All Sacraments (1st Reconciliation, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation) will be celebrated prior to November 29, 2021. Dates will be communicated as soon as they are set.

The celebration of Confirmations for the 2021-2022 Pastoral Year will all be celebrated after January 1, 2022.  

In order to celebrate the Sacraments with your class in the Fall, ALL paperwork must be received during this school year.  Anyone who has not submitted their documents (including homework) will receive their Sacraments in 2022 with the new classes.

We appreciate that this information is very disappointing, however we look forward to the day that we could safely celebrate our sacred sacraments, together as a faith community. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Nancy – nmeehan.saintgabriels@gmail.com at St. Gabriel Church.

God bless,

St. Gabriel Church

May is the Month of Mary

Let us continue to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home during May! At the end of each Rosary, we can recite a prayer asking for Mary’s intercession, that the Lord might free us from this pandemic and be thankful to all our frontline professionals. 

Asian Heritage Month

St. Mark Catholic School alongside HCDSB will be recognizing the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to the growth and prosperity of our country. Join us as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month virtually with multiple activities and resources to enjoy at home with your family! Please see the flyer for more details.

Attendance

Please note that attendance will continue to be taken daily as per usual (at 9:10 AM and 1:10 PM).  If your child will be absent from their virtual classroom, please report the absence via School Messenger.  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we work together to build on your child’s success and well-being.

Are You Moving?

We ask any family who will be moving out of the St. Mark School area for the 2021-2022 school year to please notify the office in writing, via email to Cassidym@hcdsb.org  We are in the process of projecting student enrolment for September 2021 and having this information assists us in being more accurate with our projections.

Summer Literacy / Numeracy Programs for Grade 6, 7, 8

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be offering Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 5 – July 16, 2021 (Session 1) and July 19 – July 30, 2021 (Session 2). For more information, please visit:

https://merton.hcdsb.org/youth-programs/summer-literacy-and-numeracy/

Responsible Digital Citizenship

We would like to remind our students and families of the policies around the acceptable use of personal electronic devices.  Catholic School Codes of Conduct continue to be important in our Distance Learning Environment. As students continue to work in virtual classrooms, it is important to remind children about the norms and expectations for online communication. They may be used for texting or chatting with friends on social media, but how they interact in the online school setting will be different. Thank you for your continued partnership during this time.

Responsible Digital Citizenship Through the Lens of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations

School Climate Survey – Your Opinion Counts!

All parents in our school community are invited to complete the School Climate Parent Survey. This survey is conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools. The survey will be available online from May 10, 2021 through May 24, 2021. Parents are encouraged to check their email inbox, as an invitation to complete the survey online was sent. 

This voluntary survey is completely confidential, and respondents will remain anonymous. The survey
asks parents to share their thoughts on their child(ren)’s school environment.

If you have any questions or you would like more information about the survey, please contact Research
and Development Services at research@hcdsb.org. We value your input and greatly appreciate your support!

Victoria Day – No school

Monday, May 24 th is Victoria Day. Please enjoy this day with your family!

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Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families. Please know that the staff of St. Mark School are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

We miss you ALL! Stay safe and healthy!

St. Mark Staff

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