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Weekly Update – June 21

A Prayer for our Fathers

Heavenly Father, You entrusted your Son Jesus,
the child of Mary, to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.
Bless all fathers, as they care for their families.
Give them strength and wisdom, tenderness and patience;
Support them in the work they have to do,
Protecting those who look to them, as we look to you for love and salvation,
through Jesus Christ our rock and defender.
Amen.

        Author Unknown

Thank you!

Thank you to all the students, families and staff who have been adding to St. Mark’s Rainbow Rock Garden. Thank you for growing our rock garden and showcasing our talents and individuality by using rainbow colours. We look forward to new additions all through out the month of June! Students / Families are asked to post photos on Twitter with #StMarkRainbowGarden #WeAllBelong Don’t forget to tag us @MarkLion14 

Thank you for your Burlington Foodbank Donations!

Thank you to all our St. Mark Families who made a donation to the Burlington Food Bank – We raised $785.00!! Thank you for all your generous support all year long! 

Year End Liturgy

As we reflect on this past school year, we will be coming together (with In-Class / Virtual families) to pray as a school community. On Monday, June 21st, please join us virtually on TEAMS for our Year End Liturgy starting at 1:30 p.m.

Thank you to Mrs. Burke for taking care of our technical needs and preparations. Please use the following link below to access our Virtual Liturgy.

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Indigenous Awareness Day – June 21

We will be praying for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing for our Indigenous brothers and sisters. We will pray for the souls of the 215 young lives that were taken from their families and taken from our world. We are asking our students and staff to wear an orange t-shirt or anything orange in recognition of Indigenous Awareness Day – Monday, June 21st! Every Child Matters!

Elementary Term 2 Report Cards 

Term 2 Reports will be delivered directly by email to parents on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Parents and guardians will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card. The OEN number can be found on a previous report card.

The Ministry has waived the expectation for both a teacher and parental signature for this reporting period. The School Principal’s electronic signature will appear on all student report cards.

As you may be aware, on March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards.

In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As with all reporting periods, parents and guardians may contact the teacher to arrange a time to discuss the report card.

Graduation – Class of 2021

Our Graduation date is Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021. To our Grade 8 Graduating Class of 2021, we extend our best wishes in all your future endeavors and our gratitude for your many contributions to St. Mark Catholic School.  Remember to build upon all you have learned as you continue in your academic and faith journeys.  We are very proud of your accomplishments!! Congratulations!! Please keep our Graduates in your thoughts and prayers as we prepare to celebrate them on June 23!

A huge thank you to all our Intermediate Staff who helped organize, plan and prepare Graduation, this year!

June 28 – 29 Return of Technology / Textbooks / Library Books / School Resources

Families who have Textbooks / Library Books and borrowed technology for remote learning are asked to drop those items off at the school on Monday, June 28th between the hours of 9:10 AM – 3:40 PM or on Tuesday, June 29th between the hours of 9:10 AM – 2:10 p.m. These last 2 days of school will be set aside for families to pick up student personal items at front doors (if not already done so). Any items not collected will be donated or discarded.

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/

HCDSB Values your Feedback!

Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: http://bit.ly/StratPlanSurvey2021

The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23 rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to research@hcdsb.org

Last Day of School – Early Dismissal @ 2:10 pm

Tuesday, June 29th is the last day of school. Dismissal will be 90 minutes earlier.

Sunday, June 20th is Father’s Day. We wish all the DADS in our community a very Happy and Blessed Father’s Day!

May God bless you and keep you all safe!

St. Mark Staff

Jun
21
Mon
Orange T-Shirt Day- Every Child Matters!
Jun 21 all day
Year End Virtual Liturgy
Jun 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Jun
23
Wed
Graduation DAY – CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2021
Jun 23 all day
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25
Fri
Asynchronous Learning – June 28 & June 29
Jun 25 all day
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