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Weekly Update – Sept. 20

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 

Thank you to all our parents and guardians for providing a daily confirmation / log of your child’s School Screening. Starting Monday, September 20th schools will no longer need screening confirmation, however it is extremely important that all parents / guardians continue to complete the Daily School Screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ BEFORE students come to school / YMCA. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe!

Any student or staff with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 MUST Stay at home  / Self-isolate / Be referred for testing for COVID-19. 

St. Gabriel Church Message…. 
We look forward to having our Grade 3 students receive their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday, September 18th @ 11:00 am. Please arrive at least 15 mins before the mass starts.  Masks must be worn at all times. Children will be seated with their families and grouped with their cohorts. Blessings to all our St. Mark students!

Gr. 8 Confirmation Enrollment Weekend – September 25 & 26 

Just a reminder that Inscription Promises are to be made next weekend at all regular Sunday Masses.  Due to COVID restrictions, space is limited at each mass.  Please contact Nancy Meehan at nmeehan.saintgabriels@gmail.com to sign up for your preferred mass.  Please indicate your second choice just in case your preferred mass is already filled. 

Sat. Sept. 25 @ 5:00 pm  /  Sun. Sept. 26 @ 8:00 am  / Sun. Sept. 26 @ 11:00 am


Father Paul invites St. Mark School Community to the second “Pick up Hockey Game” of the year! NEW THIS YEAR! We have ice booked for THIS SUNDAY Sept 19th at 4PM at the WAVE (1179 Ironside Dr., Burlington). All ages and all skill levels are welcome! We make up lines of younger kids vs younger kids and adults vs adults so it’s safe and fair. Please bring $15 per person to help cover the ice rental or please e-transfer to pavlojip@gmail.com    Please RSVP to pavlojip@gmail.com  if you’re able to make it. 

See you on the ice!! Fr Paul Patrick  

Daily Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms 

Staff are 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.  

Attendance Matters 

St. Mark Catholic School in partnership with parents / guardians is dedicated to helping your son/daughter develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social, and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities. 

As parents/guardians you have many responsibilities towards your child. One responsibility is to ensure that your child is in school every day, ready to learn (except if there is an illness / injury). In fact, it is the law. The Provincial Education Act states that every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years is required to attend school every day from the first school day in September until the last school day in June. 

Virtual Welcome Back Liturgy

We look forward to sharing our first Virtual School Liturgy with all our families, taking place live on Tuesday, September 21 @10:00 a.m.  Please use this link to gain access:

Virtual Welcome Back Liturgy

We look forward to having Father Paul (St. Gabriel Church) speak to us live via TEAMS!  Thank you to Mrs. Burke and Mr. Faiazza for organizing this special virtual school community gathering.

Curriculum Night – Meet the Teacher – Wed. Sept. 22 starting @6:00 p.m.   

There will be 2 Presentation Sessions:   

Session 1 @6:00 – 6:20                                                          Session 2 @6:25 – 6:45   

Each session will consist of Prayer and Welcome (5 min) / Teacher Presentations (10 min) / Live Question and Answer Period (5 min) Please check your child’s D2L / Google Meets for pertinent links / invite. We ask that your video cameras and microphones are turned off before joining link.

Thank you to our tremendous St. Mark staff for a superb start up to the school year and for all your preparations for Curriculum Night. We all look forward to seeing our lovely parents online 😊 

Catholic School Council  

Our first School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 virtually (i.e. TEAMS, Microsoft). Nomination forms are due via email to pascerim@hcdsb.org by Friday, September 24th @3:40 p.m. Please note that no further nominations will be considered after this date and time. 

Looking forward to working closely with the new St. Mark Catholic School Council, and to a fulfilling and productive 2021 – 2022 school year!  

Terry Fox Day 

Wednesday, September 29th is the 41st annual Terry Fox National School Run. There will be millions of students running this day to honour Terry Fox and to raise funds for cancer research. Students are invited to wear red and white and their walking/running clothes.
This year, all classes will be kicking off our run day with a virtual visit from Fred Fox, Terry’s older brother. 

In the words of Terry Fox, “If you have given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope. This year’s theme is Try like Terry. Let’s make our Try to raise $1500 for cancer research. 

To donate to our school run, please click the link below. 

St. Mark Catholic Elementary School Fundraising Link: http://www.terryfox.ca/StMarkCESBurlington 

Orange Shirt Day  

On Thursday, September 30th, students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt / something orange. Orange Shirt Day is in recognition of our indigenous community. 

Wearing an orange shirt and promoting the slogan, Every Child Matters, is an affirmation of our commitment to raise awareness of the residential school experience and to ensure that every child matters as we focus on our hope for a better future where we are all empowered to help each other.  It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all. 

Concussion Protocol 

As part of Rowan’s Law Day (Concussion Safety – 2019), the last Wednesday of September, each year, will be designated as Rowan’s Law Day; a day to help increase awareness around concussions. A concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information can be found on the Board`s website https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/your-childs-health/medical-conditions/concussion-protocol/

Student Agendas  

All Grade 1 – 5/ 6 Classes have received their agendas. Please see School Cash-Online https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/  for payment details ($6.00 / per agenda).  Thank you for your support! 

Essential Visitor Protocol 

Currently, we are limiting the number of visitors to St. Mark Catholic School. Please note that parents/guardians will not be allowed to drop-off items, unless it is an absolute emergency. Students will be released to parents / guardians at the front door, with advance warning / arrangement.  

Reminder about Lunch and Snacks 

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. 

Follow us on Twitter @MarkLion14 to see all of the wonderful things happening at St. Mark School!

Please keep our Grade 3 students in your prayers as they receive their First Holy Communion, on Saturday. Thank you to Ms. Daly, Mrs. Garchinski, Mrs. Giraldi, Mrs. Meehan, Father Paul for preparing our students!

Enjoy your weekend with your family!

Ms. Pasceri – Principal 

Sep
18
Sat
First Holy Communion – St. Gabriel
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sep
25
Sat
St. Mark Confirmation – Enrollment Sunday – St. Gabriel Church
Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep
26
Sun
St. Mark Confirmation – Enrollment Sunday – St. Gabriel Church
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sep
29
Wed
Wear RED / WHITE to support Terry Fox
Sep 29 all day
Pasceri, MariaWeekly Update – Sept. 20