“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God ; everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.”
1 John 4:7
Pride Month Awareness
Earlier this week HCDSB sent out communication outlining plans for recognizing Pride Month. As mentioned in the email, the month of June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, which for the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community is a sign and symbol of love and inclusion. St. Mark Catholic School like all schools of HCDSB are called to know, love and celebrate one another. All our students, families and staff are welcomed, loved, and embraced with human dignity, daily. We look to and follow Jesus Christ, our teacher and mentor, who preaches a message of love and inclusion through His ministry. We are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming, accepting and inclusive learning environments for all of our students.
Upcoming JUNE HCDSB System Recognition Days:
On Tuesday, June 1st St. Mark Catholic School like all schools in HCDSB will launch Pride Month with HCDSB Rainbow Day – a day to love one another and celebrate our differences, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all “wonderfully made.” Students and staff are encouraged to dress in their most colourful clothes as we celebrate the rainbow – a sign of God’s promise to love us and a symbol of inclusion for all in our community. Students / Families are asked to post photos on Twitter with #HCDSBRainbowDay #WeAllBelong Don’t forget to tag us @MarkLion14
On Monday, June 14th St. Mark like all HCDSB schools, will be participating in our system-wide Pride Awareness Day – a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools where all students can feel a true sense of belonging. We will be sharing more information for this event in the upcoming weeks. For more information on the HCDSB’s plan for Pride month, please visit www.hcdsb.org
June Rainbow Rock Garden We are encouraging students / families and staff to paint rocks and bring them to our front garden beds, through out the month of June. It will be a nice way to showcase our talents and individuality using rainbow colours and seeing the rock garden grow! Students / Families are asked to post photos on Twitter with #StMarkRainbowGarden #WeAllBelong Don’t forget to tag us @MarkLion14
Halton Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Program Opens May 31st
Starting Monday, May 31, Halton youth 12 to 17 years old who live or attend school in Halton, and older students returning to secondary school this September, will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through online booking system.
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.
Graduation – Class of 2021
Plans to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2021 are underway. Graduation details will be finalized in June. Please save Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 as our Graduation Date. Grade 8 parents will be notified via email with updated information. Please keep our Graduates in your thoughts and prayers as we prepare to celebrate them and all their accomplishments.
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:
School Uniform – Message from McCarthy Uniforms
As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, we are pleased to share an update on enhanced options for buying your school uniform in 2021. The school uniform provider, McCarthy Uniforms, has three enhanced options for shopping: Updated school e-stores, private appointments and a web-supported call-center.
We encourage families to shop early and utilize these alternative channels to avoid late-August line ups. All school uniform products can be exchanged for up to a year and returned until September. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.mccarthyuniforms.ca
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. Thank you for your continued partnership during this time.
PA DAY – Friday, June 4
Friday, June 4th is a Professional Activity Day for our staff. Therefore, there will be no school for our students.
Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families. St. Mark continues to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of all our families, those who are sick, and for our healthcare superheroes who are working on the frontlines.
St. Mark Staff