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Weekly Update – Oct. 18

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Thank you for Completing your Child’s Daily School Screening!

Thank you to all parents / guardians for your continued efforts in completing your child’s Daily School Screening BEFORE students come to school / YMCA. Thank you for your continued 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. 

Masking Before and After School

Gentle reminder to our parents / guardians to wear a face mask during drop off and pickup times. As parents / guardians gather on school property, a 2-meter physical distance may not be possible. Please continue to do your part in avoiding the spread of COVID-19. Thank you!!

2021 St. Mark Major FUNdraiser

Our 2021 FUNdraiser is underway! Our students have requested a little fun competition…..

Special prizes will apply to the following different categories:

Winner – Student with Highest Donations – Principal for a Day/ Lunch of their Choice/ Help DJ the Divisional Classes Winners Halloween Dance

Winner – Highest Participation Class – Will receive a Pizza & Ice Cream Lunch -Date TBD

Winner – Highest Participation Division (FDK Classes or Primary Gr. 1 to 3 or Junior Gr. 4 to 5-6 or Intermediate Gr. 6-7 / 7-8 / 8) – Will follow Divisional Rotating Halloween Dance Schedule on Friday, October 29(in the afternoon). We will be following Public Health safety plan (sanitizing high touch point areas between winning classes).

Please continue to use the HCDSB School Cash Online link to make your donations.

This year, we hope to raise $4000.00 for the purchases of more Electronic Devices (iPads / Chromebooks as per Classroom “Wish Lists.

Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account:

At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”

Under “Gift Information” area, please ensure you select St. Mark

In the Message Box to School Board, please type your Child’s Name / Grade (helps with data collection)

A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.

Any donation amount is welcome! Even the smallest donation makes a difference!! All donation amounts will receive a tax receipt and are confidential. While this HCDSB link is available all year long, we will be promoting our St. Mark FUNdraiser through monetary donations up to and including Wednesday, October 27th. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

Halloween @ St. Mark on Friday, October 29

Our Halloween Fun Day will take place on Friday, October 29th. St. Mark School will have a Black + Orange and /or Costume Day. When selecting Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create an inclusive and welcoming school environment for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume making fun of people or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes / stereotypes about certain groups, cultures, or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial / body features to make it darker or a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

Please ensure that the costume is not too long to avoid tripping and always maintaining the St. Mark Student Code of respectable attire: 

NO guts NO gore NO replica weapons 

Due to COVID precautions, students and staff are required to wear their non-medical / medical masks, therefore NO face coverings are allowed.

All our classes will be participating in a Virtual Halloween Parade, which will start at 9:50 a.m. Each class will be able to walk through the school one class /at one time, while other classes view their parade in their classrooms via TEAMS link.   

Hot Lunches Update

LunchBox (WEDNESDAYS) – Mrs. Erin O’Reilly will volunteer to run and deliver all prepackaged labeled lunches to all classes. Students will collect their lunch after hands are washed / sanitized. Thank you! More information for ordering forthcoming once food details are finalized. Start Date TBD.

Pizza Day (FRIDAYS) -Thank you to all our Parent Volunteers who will be helping with the distribution of pizza slices (from Mount Royal) to students!!!! Volunteers will deliver and distribute slices to students who order. Students will pick up pizza from Parent Volunteers after hands are washed/sanitized. Our first Pizza Day will be Friday, November 5th!

Confirmation Update Message from St. Gabriel Church for our Grade 8 Students
There are still a few Grade 8’s who did not attend the Inscription Promise Weekend in September.  You are still required to make your promises.  You are welcome to join in, this weekend, as St. Gabriel’s Students make their promises. Please make sure you check in with Nancy at the back of the church and bring your Inscription Promise with you.

Masses are Saturday evening @ 5:00 pm, Sunday morning @ 8:00 am and 11:00 am. 

Tuesday, October 19th – Grade 8 Reconciliation –  This will take place in our GYM starting at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 22nd– Rehearsal for Confirmation –   Grade 8 Classes will be walking to church. Starts at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 24th – Confirmation at St. Gabriel Church– Starting at 2:00 p.m.

Due to social distancing requirements, we will have to limit 4 persons / per family, in order for everyone to receive the Sacrament in a safe manner. This includes the Confirmandi and their Sponsor, in the count.   If social distancing restrictions change before then, we will revisit the limit.

Please note, that the Confirmation can be live-streamed at Note:  you have to watch the ad then you will be taken to the St. Gabriel Church live stream.

Questions or concerns please contact Nancy at

St. Gabriel Church Hockey Message…..

Pickup hockey is ON for this Sunday, October 17th at 3PM at the WAVE in Burlington (1179 Northside Rd).

As always – a fun skate for all ages and skill levels of family and friends to have fun, build community, and do so in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. All ages and skill levels welcome! We normally divide ourselves into 2 groups of younger kids and older kids/adults so its fun and safe for all.

Please let me know if you and any family members or friends are coming and look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Please note we’re ON the ice at 3pm so it would be best to arrive 15 minutes earlier to get ready.

Feel free to fwd this message to anyone who you think might benefit. Cost – $15 per person. Cash or etransfer to

Also – I  ALWAYS NEED GOALIES so if you’re a goalie – you play for free 😉

RSVP please, so I know how many are coming.

God bless!

Fr. Paul Patrick OMI

We wish all our families a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Pasceri – Principal

St. Mark Gr. 8 Confirmation – Reconciliation (GYM)
Oct 19 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
St. Mark Confirmation – Rehearsal for Confirmation (St. Gabriel Church)
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
St. Mark Confirmation
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Happy Halloween – Wear your Costume/Orange and Black
Oct 29 all day
St. Mark Catholic School Council Virtual Meeting
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Lunch Box – East Side Marios
Nov 3 all day
Pasceri, MariaWeekly Update – Oct. 18