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Weekly Update – Oct. 4

“Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.”

Kailash Satyarthi

Thank you!

Thank you to all our families who participated in celebrating Thursday’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day). Thank you, St. Mark Staff, for facilitating many teachable moments as well as Ms. Daly’s Grade 3 Class leading us in a Truth and Reconciliation reflection, via TEAMS.

Thank you for your support and generosity this week! We raised $1100.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Truly amazing!! THANK YOU!! If you are still interested in making a donation, please click the link below.
St. Mark Catholic Elementary School Fundraising Link: http://www.terryfox.ca/StMarkCESBurlington

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. 

World Teacher’s Day

On October 5, in recognition of World Teacher’s Day, we would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our staff at St. Mark Catholic School for a tremendous start to this unprecedented year! We are all so appreciative for EVERYTHING YOU DO for our students, parents and community at large!

Virtual Thanksgiving Liturgy

We look forward to sharing our Virtual Thanksgiving Liturgy with all our families, taking place live on Wednesday, October 6 @10:00 a.m.  Please use this link to gain access:

Thanksgiving 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.

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.

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.

Catholic School Council

Our first Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 5th, starting at 6:30 p.m., online. Thank you to all the parents who have put their names forward to represent our school community, this year! As always, all parents are welcome to attend. Please email Ms. Pasceri pascerim@hcdsb.org to request TEAMS link. Listed below are the members of the St. Mark Catholic School Council for 2021-2022.

Parent Representatives:

A. BAILIE,                         C. BECKER,              S. BROWN,          J. MCNEIL,              S. OLIVER,

K. PAGLIACCI,                  T.  RICCIO,               L. SCOLES,           J. WRIGHT

St. Gabriel Parish Representative: N. MEEHAN

Non-Teaching Representative: K. RANK,                  Teacher Representative: S. BEAUPRE

3rd Fire Drill

Our third Fire Drill for Term 1 will take place on Thursday, October 7th. We will be practicing with physical distancing in mind. Scheduled classes will partake in the drills, through out 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.

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.

We wish all our families a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Pasceri – Principal

Oct
6
Wed
Thanksgiving Liturgy
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am
Oct
8
Fri
PA Day – No School for our Students
Oct 8 all day
Oct
11
Mon
Thanksgiving Day – No School
Oct 11 all day
Oct
19
Tue
St. Mark Gr. 8 Confirmation – Reconciliation (GYM)
Oct 19 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Oct
22
Fri
St. Mark Confirmation – Rehearsal for Confirmation (St. Gabriel Church)
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct
24
Sun
St. Mark Confirmation
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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