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Weekly Update – Dec. 13

“He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of His birth, for He will be great in the sight of the Lord.

Luke 1:14

Thank You

Thank you St. Mark Catholic School community for your overwhelming support of our Virtual Christmas Angel Tree. We were able to help several families. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE DONATIONS and GENEROSITY as we help spread Christmas LOVE to those who are most vulnerable!

Thank you, St. Mark Families, for your tremendous response to those less fortunate than ourselves and helping to stock our neighbourhood Burlington Food Bank.   We collected 53 bags of non-perishable items this month for the Burlington Food Bank. Our grand total is 87 bags donated, thus far!

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. 

Advent – Week 3 Virtual Liturgy

As we light 2 purple and 1 pink candle on this third Sunday of Advent, we are reminded that this week’s focus is “Joy”. Our third virtual liturgy will take place on Tuesday, December 14th @1:30 p.m. Thank you to Mrs. Burke, Mme DiPronio, Mr. Faiazza and Mr. Rapai’s Class for taking care of all preparations. We look forward to praying together with our St. Mark families and prepare for the birth of Christ as we light (battery run) each of the advent wreath candles, weekly.

Advent – Week 3 Liturgy

Retake Photo Day

Our Photo Retake Day has been cancelled this week and postponed after the New Year. We will share our new date once rescheduled. 

Virtual Christmas Presentations

O Come, All Ye Faithful!  Virtual Christmas Presentations from the St. Mark Primary and FDK divisions are coming to your homes on Thursday December 16. Though we are in separate classrooms during the school day and divided by our cohorts at recess, we will be coming together through joyous song this Christmas season to celebrate the coming of our divine Christ. 

We look forward to sharing our Virtual Christmas Greetings with you soon.

Lunchbox / Pizza Day

This week’s Lunchbox Orders will be delivered to St. Mark on Wednesday, December 15th at lunch. Gentle reminder that food orders are due Sunday by noon through SchoolCashOnline.

Pizza Day will take place on Friday, December 17th.

December Spirit Days – Continue….

Show your Christmas spirit on the following day:

Friday, December 17th – Christmas Red and Green Day (Christmas Wear)

Early Dismissal Day

Friday December 17th is an Early Dismissal Day. Students will be dismissed 90 minutes earlier, including Bus Students at 2:10 p.m.

Planning to travel outside of Canada this Christmas Break?

Please refer to the email sent by Director Daly on November 18th, 2021. Please remember that all students who are not vaccinated or are not fully vaccinated cannot attend school for 14 days after your return.

Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners   

During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  More information will be shared on the day that the kits are sent home.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

St. Mark Catholic School Council Advent Corner:

Congratulations to MAX for winning the Kahoot Game this past week!  


  • St Mark Gingerbread House Challenge

Look in your child’s backpack for the Gingerbread Info Card (one per family). If you are a Gingerbread House pro or even if you are just there to eat the gumdrops and sprinkles, then this challenge is for you. The St Mark Catholic School Council invites you to take part in the St Mark Gingerbread House Challenge. 

Decorate your own gingerbread house with your family, take a photo and post it on Twitter and tag @MarkLion14 for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Indigo. The competition ends December 15th and the winner will be announced December 16th. 

Have fun and we can’t wait to see your creations! 

  • Hot Chocolate Night

Hot Chocolate Drive Through Night will take place on Thursday, December 16….Save the date…..More info will be going home on Monday! 

  • Mystery Reader #2

Coming up – Next Week….Look out…. via email, daily clues to our Mystery Reader #2 – scheduled to share one of their Christmas Classics on Wednesday, with all classes.

  • Family Art Night

We are very excited to welcome Karen Andrews of Art Innovators to the St. Mark community for a virtual Family Art Night on December 17th at 7:00 pm. This will be a Zoom Event and the cost is $10.00 per family. Our Catholic School Council has voted to help subsidize the cost of the Family Art Night ($4.00 / per family). Parents will be charged $6.00 for the whole family (only pay with one child and the whole family participates).  Please visit SchoolCashOnline to register your family and a link will be provided closer to the date of the event.

Art supplies (crayons or markers and paper plates or plain paper) are necessary to participate in the art event. If your family needs any of these materials, please contact the school office at 905 336 3911. We will send home materials by Wednesday, December 15th. 

Council has prepared a Family Prayer that all our families could use this week at home….

 WEEK 3 – Advent  

Nightly Prayer: Joy 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Leader: Come Holy Spirit! In this third week of Advent, we ask You to fill our hearts with joy as we prepare for Jesus, who is coming soon! 

All: Come, Lord Jesus. 

Family member lights the first and second purple, as well as the rose candle. 

Leader: Lord, as we journey closer to Christmas, center our joyful anticipation on Jesus’ coming. Of course You know that we are excited about gifts, decorations, gatherings, and treats.  Let all of these passing joys point us toward the unending joy that we find in knowing and loving Jesus.    

All:  Come, Lord Jesus. 

Leader: Lord, as we joyfully look forward to Christmas, guard us against worry, stress, and unnecessary obligations.  Help us clear out whatever busyness distracts us from Jesus or steals our joy.   Give us clear eyes and hearts so that, without distractions, we might joyfully prepare for Jesus’ birth.  

All: Fill our hearts with hope, peace, and joy! Amen. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

May God bless your families and friends with hope, love, joy and peace, during this Advent season.

St. Mark Staff

Advent Virtual Liturgy – Week 3
Dec 14 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch Box – Pita Pit
Dec 15 all day
Gr. 3 – 8 Reconciliation at St. Mark
Dec 15 @ 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Primary Christmas Virtual Presentation (FDK – Grade 3)
Dec 16 all day
Christmas Red and Green Day (Christmas Wear)
Dec 17 all day
Early Dismissal Day – 2:10 pm
Dec 17 @ 2:10 pm – 2:10 pm
Christmas Break
Dec 20 – Dec 31 all day
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