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Weekly Update – Nov. 8

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

Dalai Lama

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. 

Let there be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me…

As the month of November begins, we celebrated – All Saints (Nov. 1 commemorates the faithful departed) and All Souls (Nov. 2 honors relatives and loved ones who have died), this past week. As we continue to grow as a Faith community, let us pray for one another that God may give us strength to be Peacekeepers and role models for our children.
The Royal Canadian Legion has provided each student at St. Mark with a Poppy (the symbol of Remembrance) which will be distributed on November 11th. This year, please consider donating to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign. Please log into School Cash to make your donation. THANK YOU for your support!

Remembrance Day Service

St. Mark School extends an invitation to parents / guardians to join us in recognizing this special day. Our Remembrance Day Service will take place on Thursday, November 11th beginning at 10:35 a.m.

Students are invited to wear their uniforms of service (i.e. Brownies, Girl Guides, Air Cadets, Boy Scouts, Cubs, Beavers etc.). Please use the following link to access our live virtual liturgy on TEAMS (Microsoft).

Remembrance Day Liturgy

November is Indigenous Awareness Month

Throughout the month of November and during this school year, HCDSB students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada. This past week (Treaty Recognition Week) we shared information in our Daily Announcements how treaties helped shape the province of Ontario.

Hate Has No Place in Halton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. As a school, we will be promoting this campaign through various activities in the classroom, and on social media. We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant and diverse community and are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive school where all students, families and staff know they are valued, respected, accepted and safe. Let’s work together to ensure that there is #NoHateInHalton!

Foodbank Fridays – One Week Blitz!

We are going to continue Foodbank Fridays this year and now we are challenging all of you to bring in at least one non-perishable item each month or donate to the Burlington Food Bank. Our first Food Bank Friday will be November 12th.   

Let’s work together to make a difference and work for the common good in our community. Are you up for the challenge?? The most needed items are cereal, shampoo, deodorant, body wash, bars of soap, canned fruit, and crackers.   Thank you!

If your family prefers to make a financial donation you can do so through the link below. Please remember to record the Fundraiser Event and click on St. Mark School.

Donate – The Burlington Food Bank

Thank you for your generous support!!

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, November 18th – Family Virtual Literacy / Numeracy Night

Literacy / Numeracy Night at St Mark Catholic School is tentatively scheduled for November 18th starting at 6:30pm. We will have a special presenter who will be teaching our families how to make Indigenous friendship bracelets and teaching us the importance of sharing in our spirit of building positive relationships. More information will be shared via School Cash Online next week for ordering bracelet materials -to be used the evening of our Literacy / Numeracy Night. THANK YOU to our Catholic School Council for organizing!

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!!

Parent-Teacher Interview Communication

Progress Reports will be sent home on November 24th.  Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place virtually on the evening of November 25th and during the day on November 26th (PA DAY).  Interviews will be scheduled using an online scheduling program, similar to last year. Communication with a link and information on how to schedule your interviews will be emailed to you in the next week. Any parents / guardians who do not select a date / time, will be given a time by their child’s teacher.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning. For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

Lunchbox Orders

This week’s Lunchbox Orders from “Pita Pit” will be delivered to St. Mark on Wednesday, November 10 at lunch. Gentle reminder that food orders are due Sunday by noon through SchoolCashOnline. Thank you Mrs. Erin O’Reilly for setting up our weekly lunch orders!

Pizza Day (FRIDAYS)
Our first Pizza Day was a huge success! Thank you to all our Parent Volunteers who are helping with the distribution of pizza slices (from Mount Royal) to our students (every Friday)!!!!

PHOTO DAY on Friday, November 12!

Bring your smiles – Individual student photos can only be taken this year (no class group), on Friday, November 12th! Enhanced health and safety protocols will be followed by our provider Edge Imaging.

Expected Uniform Attire

McCarthy’s is the uniform provider for our school board.  Clothing from McCarthy’s is the expectation for students, especially with crested sweaters and tops.  Jogging pants and leggings are not uniform items. Although pants do not necessarily have to be purchased from McCarthy’s, they must be navy blue dress pants. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.

Parking Lot Safety

St. Mark families, we’re looking to improve parking lot safety, and we need your input! 

Please watch your inbox for further details on a quick survey and a couple of non-driving options the Council is looking into. We’re hoping to find ways we can help relieve some of the congestion at pick up time. Thank you! 

St. Mark Catholic School Council

Hour Change This Weekend

Daylight saving time is ending, meaning we’ll get to turn back the clocks an hour and catch up on sleep. This year’s time change happens on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 a.m., shifting back to 1 a.m.

Blessings to each of our families for continued good health!

St. Mark Staff

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