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Weekly Update – June 7

“If you want peace, work for justice.”

Pope Paul XI

Thank you!

Thank you for celebrating HCDSB Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st by dressing in your 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.

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  

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada

This month, and every day, St. Mark School alongside Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates and honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community. National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. For more information please visit- https://www.hcdsb.org/2021/05/june-is-national-indigenous-history-month/

Family Paint Nights ~ Learn about Indigenous Art – Continued

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in virtual family paint nights to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art! The last online session will be on Wednesday, June 9th – Strawberry Being, hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved! However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

Burlington Food Bank Donations 

As this school year draws closer to the end we reflect on this past year and the journey we have had during this pandemic. We know that we are all in this storm together but that we are not all in the same boat. For the week of June 7th – 11th we will be having our last Food Bank Friday to help those in our community that are experiencing food insecurities during this pandemic. Please consider donating to the Burlington Food Bank. Click the link below and remember to click on the fundraising event and on St. Mark School.

Donate – The Burlington Food Bank

Together we are making a difference in our community. Thank you for your consideration and your generous support all year long! 

June Pride Month in Canada – Upcoming JUNE HCDSB System Recognition Day: 

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. St. Mark students and staff are again encouraged to show their support by dressing brightly in rainbow colours or dress completely in one of the colours of the rainbow! Students / Families are asked to post photos on Twitter with #WeAllBelong Don’t forget to tag us @MarkLion14 

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.

Virtual Elementary School Form – ONLY COMPLETE IF YOUR CHILD(REN) will attend Remotely

The Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting (for the 2021 School Year) for Kindergarten to Grade 8, including the Grade 5-8 Extended French Program.  At this time, you are asked to confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.

If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.

The form will be open until 11:59pm on Friday June 11, 2021.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM

Medical Perils – Returning Students
For students with medical conditions and allergies, the Student Plan of Care will be mailed to families the week of June 20th. Please complete and return the forms to school during the week of Aug. 30th, 2021. Any medication that is presently in the school office will be sent home when personal student belongings are scheduled to be picked up (Schedule TBD).

Graduation – Class of 2021

Plans to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2021 are underway. Our Graduation date is Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021. Grade 8 parents have been notified yesterday, via email with updated information. 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!

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/

School Uniform – Message from McCarthy Uniforms

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, I am pleased to share an update on enhanced options for buying your school uniform in 2021. Our 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

Outdoor Classroom  / Soccer Posts / New Benches

Our Outdoor Classroom is now complete! The final piece to the project – the cross was installed this past week. Thank you to Notre Dame Woodworking for sculpting a solid piece of wood into our cross. Thank you to our Catholic School Council and our Outdoor Classroom Committee under the direction of Mr. Faiazza for being instrumental in the design and installation.

There are changes coming to the top school field where the baseball diamond fencing has been removed, along with the old benches. New soccer posts will be installed and paid by the Board, while SGF funds will be used to purchase new benches.

This week we think and pray for the repose of the 215 children who lost their lives on residential school (Kamloops) soil. What a troubling week it has been! Please continue to pray for peace, so that we may all live in harmony with each other. Pray for a just world where we do not turn a blind eye to racism and that every human being is valued as an equal. May we all be strengthened by God’s mercy as we yearn for reconciliation – for a kinder and compassionate society. We make the difference every time we value each other’s diversity and accept each other as wonderful gifts from God! 

 God bless you and keep you all safe!

St. Mark Staff

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June 7th–11th Last Burlington Food Bank Donations – Week Blitz!
Jun 7 all day
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System-Wide Pride Awareness Day
Jun 14 all day
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Student Pick-up Items Day – Please See June 10 Email for Scheduled Times
Jun 17 all day
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Orange T-Shirt Day- Every Child Matters!
Jun 21 all day
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