“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta
Thank you to all the parents / guardians for attending our Virtual Curriculum – Meet the Teacher Night, this past week. Thank you to our amazing staff for setting up the evening, although we met virtually, we were able to experience such a successful and informative night. If you were unable to attend virtually and would like to reach out to your child’s teacher, please do not hesitate to make contact on their Online Platform or call the school. We look forward to continuing the successes of our past and meeting whatever challenges lie ahead in our future, together with home and St. Gabriel Church.
Thank you to all parents / guardians for your continued efforts in completing your child’s Daily School Screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ BEFORE students come to school / YMCA. Thank you for your continued cooperation in completing the School Screening (daily) and 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.
Peanut / Tree Nuts Allergies
Please remember that St. Mark School is an ALLERGEN REDUCED environment. For the safety of all students, please refrain from sending any peanut/tree-nut/nut products with your child. Please understand that TIM HORTON’S and McDONALD’S advises that ALL their food products may have come in contact with these allergens. Please refrain from bringing any Tim Horton’s / McDonald’s food products into the school.
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.
Lunch Thermoses / Plastic Containers / Wrappers
Please practice opening / closing containers at home so that your child can open their own thermoses / plastic containers/ wrappers independently at school. This will help with physical distancing in the classroom.
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 we 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
Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.
In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.
Wear Orange Shirt on Thursday, September 30
September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. The Canadian Catholic Bishops have urged all Catholics to commit to continuing our walk together with Indigenous Peoples to build a more just society seeking greater healing and reconciliation for the future. We come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism, anti-discrimination and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. Staff and students are asked to wear an orange shirt (something orange) on this day.
Lost and Found
Due to COVID precautions, we cannot use our “Lost and Found” bin. Parents are reminded to please clearly label all uniform items and jackets with your child’s name so that we can return clothes back to the rightful owner.
Parking Lot / Kiss’n Ride Safety
Kindly use the parking lot if you need to exit the car to escort your child to the FDK gate / Schoolyard stairs, or if your child needs more time to exit your car. Kiss’n Ride should be reserved for a happy send-off and a quick and safe drop off.
ALL STUDENTS will continue to be directed to go to their classrooms everyday, upon drop off. Our supervision begins at 8:55 a.m. No student should be dropped off / arriving on the schoolyard before 8:55 for safety reasons!
YMCA Daycare – End of Day
Gentle reminder to our St. Mark families to please keep clear the YMCA Daycare stairs, especially at our dismissal. Daycare families have reported difficulty getting access to the YMCA front door. Thank you for your cooperation.
School-Based Immunization Program
Please see letter to parents (below) from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination.
Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.
For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize
PA Day & Thanksgiving Day
Please note that Friday, October 8 is a Professional Activity Day. Therefore, there is no school for students. We would also like to inform our families that Monday October 11 is the Thanksgiving Holiday
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Thank you for your continued support and patience! God’s blessings to each of our families for continued good health!
Ms. Pasceri – Principal