“Walk hand and hand with me through your life. Together we will face whatever each day brings.”
We all had a very successful “Gradual Return” to School, this past week. We are delighted to see our students back at school! Thank you to our St. Mark Staff who did a tremendous job welcoming back all our students and communicating our Safety Plan with care and compassion!
Thank you to all our students who are doing a fantastic job – wearing their masks and following all the safety protocols we have in place.
Thank you to all the parents and guardians for supporting us as we are working through the different parts of our school routines. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Thank you!
Kindly remember that no parents/guardians are allowed on school property before, during, or after school (8:55-3:40). Also, please remember that NO PETS ARE ALLOWED on any school property during school hours, for the safety of our students / staff. At this time, only essential visitors are allowed in the school (i.e. Lunch Time Supervisors). Please contact the Office if you have any questions or concerns.
We ask that if your child is late or leaving early, please inform your child’s teacher and the Office. Parents and guardians are asked to drop off their child at the main entrance and the student will independently enter the Office to receive their late slip. When leaving early, parents and guardians are to wait outside the main doors for students to exit and meet them there.
Daily Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms
Staff will continue 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.
Verification and Family Information Forms
NEW this year– Family Information / Consent Packages are found online. Please complete the online form for each child as soon as possible: https://laserfiche.hcdsb.org/Forms/parent_consents
This is to replace the paper copies that used to be completed during the first week of school.
Daily Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms
All students (K-Grade 12), staff and visitors are required to complete the https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ daily before the start of school (first 2 weeks of school), as directed by the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health Services.
Additionally, all students will be required to provide confirmation that they have taken and passed the assessment upon arrival at school. Verification will be conducted by the homeroom teacher during morning attendance.
Our PARENTS of Intermediate Students will continue to complete Electronic Form Link online (will be checked by Intermediate Teachers).
Our PARENTS of Primary and Junior Classes will continue to complete their Confirmation Screening Log kept in your child’s agenda.
Agenda ready for Purchase on School Cash-Online
All our students in Grade 1 to 5/6 classes have received their agenda, this past week. All agendas ($6.00 / each) are ready for purchase at https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/
Reminder about Lunch / Snacks / Water Bottle
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.
Thank you HCDSB for providing a mask for each of our students. All students received a mask from their teacher, this week.
Medical Information Forms and Medication
Please ensure that all Medical Forms (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.), are updated and submitted to the office, along with any necessary medication by Tuesday, September 14. This information is critically important when dealing with a medical emergency at school.
Congratulations to Our Grade 3 Students!!
We are very pleased to announce that our Grade 3 students will be finalizing preparations and receiving their Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, this upcoming week. Our Grade 2 students will be receiving their sacraments in the new year (Dates TBD, 2022). Please keep our Grade 3 students in your thoughts and prayers, this week.
Parking Lot / Kiss’n Ride Safety
We encourage as many students / families to walk to school as much as possible to keep the parking lot less congested. As we are all mandated to follow physical distancing and wear masks, it is extremely important that we practice this in our parking lot and around the school sidewalks. We will have a staff member on duty at both FDK gates /stairs and schoolyard stairs. No parents / guardians are allowed in the FDK or School Yards.
If you feel that you must walk your child to the FDK / School yard stairs, then YOU MUST PARK YOUR VEHICLE IN AN AVAILABLE SPOT! PLEASE WALK YOUR CHILD TO THE FDK / SCHOOL YARD STEPS, the staff member on duty will direct your child to proceed to the entrance FDK / School yard area, where Support Staff will help direct them to their classrooms.
ALL STUDENTS will be directed to go to their classrooms every day, upon drop off. Our supervision will begin at 8:55 a.m. No student should be dropped off / arriving on the schoolyard before 8:55 for safety reasons!
Dismissal at End of Day
ONE CLASS AT ONE TIME WILL BE DISMISSED, starting with the closest class cohort to their designated exit door. Parents/guardians please have a plan in place of where your child will meet you after being dismissed from schoolyard. Parents / guardians are not allowed on FDK / School yards. We have spray painted markings as reminders for parents / guardians to wait on and adhere to physical distancing requirements.
Lost & Found
Due to continued restrictions this year, we are not allowed to use our Lost & Found box. Please ensure that you clearly label your child’s belongings and clothing along with grade so we can ensure we return any found items directly to students.
Emergency Response Drills
As part of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s safe school protocols, each year our school must conduct a series of Emergency Response Drills. These planned rehearsals are important in ensuring that staff and students are prepared in the event of a real emergency. This year, all drills will be practiced with physical distancing in mind. Scheduled classes will partake in the drills, throughout the day, so that we meet the Public Health requirements. ONLY in the EVENT Of a real EMERGENCY will St. Mark, as all schools follow the preset Fire Plan / Emergency Plans of the school.
The protocol requires the following number of drills in each school year:
Six Fire Drills (3 per Term)
Two Lockdown Drills (1 per Term)
Two Bomb Threat Evacuation Drills (1 per Term)
Please be advised that St. Mark School will have 2 Fire Drills on these following dates:
Wednesday, September 15th and Thursday, September 16th (weather permitting). The third Fire Drill will be practiced with the Burlington Fire Department (Date TBD).
Our Bomb Threat Drill will be practiced on Tuesday, September 28th (weather permitting). We will be speaking about the location we would typically walk to -Paul A. Fisher Public School, as per our evacuation site. However, for our drill (following Public Health safety procedures), we will have staggered classrooms exit their recess door, walk to front of school, use the school sidewalk to top field, where our teachers will take attendance and then proceed back to their classroom.
Lockdown Drill (TBD) will be practiced with our Community Officer Constable Freeland.
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Enjoy your weekend!! God’s blessings to each of our families for continued good health!
Ms. Pasceri – Principal