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Weekly Update – Oct. 25

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good; whose love endures forever.”

Psalm 118 : 29

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 https://covid-19.ontario.ca/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. 

Congratulations to our Grade 8 Confirmandi!
Our Grade 8 Confirmation is taking place this weekend on Sunday, October 24th –  Starting at 2:00 p.m.

After review of our total number of students receiving their sacrament of Confirmation, St. Gabriel has informed us that our limit has been increased to 10 persons / per family, which meets the safe percentage of occupants for St. Gabriel Church capacity. This includes the Confirmandi and their Sponsor, in the count.   Blessings to all our Grade 8 Students!! Congratulations!!

Please note, that the Confirmation can be live-streamed at https://gabrieltv.click2stream.com/ 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 nmeehan.saintgabriels@gmail.com

Halton Food for Thought – Breakfast Program Update

The HFFT Program will continue to operate this year.  Students will continue to be provided with “Grab and Go” snacks, to ensure their health and safety. Thank you Mrs. Stacy-Ann Brown for taking care of our snack orders.

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!!

Save The Date – PHOTO DAY on Friday, November 12!

Bring your smiles – Individual student photos can only be taken this year, on Friday, November 12th! Enhanced health and safety protocols will be followed by our provider Edge Imaging. More information to come closer to the date.

2021 St. Mark Major FUNdraiser -Ends Wednesday, October 27th

THANK YOU St. Mark Families for all your support!! WE raised $3500. 00 thus far (almost meeting our $4000.00 goal)!! 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.

We will announce the winners for each of the prizes below on Thursday, October 28th:

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

Winner – Highest Participation (# of students) Class – Will receive a Pizza & Ice Cream Lunch -Date TBD

Winner – Highest Participation (# of students) 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).

If you are interested in donating , please continue to use the HCDSB School Cash Online link to make your donations. https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/269/6/false/true

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.

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 the annual 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) – Thank you to Mrs. Erin O’Reilly who is organizing and finalizing our LunchBox program!! Our start date will be Wednesday, November 3rd. Keep an eye out for ordering details, via email, next week (Tuesday, October 26th).

Pizza Day (FRIDAYS)
We look forward to offering our students our first Pizza Day again, starting Friday, November 5th! Last day to order PIZZA is Wednesday, October 27th. NO LATE orders will be accepted! Thank you to all our Parent Volunteers who will be helping with the distribution of pizza slices (from Mount Royal) to our students!!!!

Food Bank Friday  – Starting Again in November

Our first Food Bank Friday will be taking place mid-November. More information forthcoming closer to the day.

We wish all our families a wonderful weekend! Blessings for continued good health!

Ms. Pasceri – Principal

Oct
24
Sun
St. Mark Confirmation
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
29
Fri
Happy Halloween – Wear your Costume/Orange and Black
Oct 29 all day
Nov
2
Tue
St. Mark Catholic School Council Virtual Meeting
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Nov
3
Wed
Lunch Box – East Side Marios
Nov 3 all day
Grade 8 ND Parent Virtual Information Night starting @6:00 p.m.
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Nov
5
Fri
Pizza Day
Nov 5 all day
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