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Weekly Update – Dec. 6

“This Advent, make yourself small, make yourself humble, make yourself a servant of others, and the Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace.”

Pope Francis

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. 

Message from St. Gabriel Church

“Calling all kids!! St. Nicholas will make an appearance this Sunday after the 9:30 am Mass and 11:00 am Mass at St. Gabriel’s Parish. Kids are welcome after the Mass to get chocolate and candy as well as take pictures with him” 

Advent Family Movie Night

Please join us in celebrating Advent with a lovely Family Movie Night this weekend, in the comfort of your own homes. Look in your child’s backpack for a bag of popcorn and movie invite (one per family). Watch “The Star” on your favorite streaming service and follow the link below for a Kahoot game about the movie for your chance to win a $50.00 gift card from Cineplex. 

Advent Family Movie Night

The Kahoot game ends Wednesday December 8th and the winner will be announced in next week’s Weekly Update

Please use your name and grade (AnnieGr6) when prompted to enter your nickname. This will ensure that we are able to find you in case you win. 

Enjoy the movie and good luck with Kahoot!

St. Mark Catholic School Council

Advent – Week 2 Virtual Liturgy

As we light the second purple candle on this second Sunday of Advent, we are reminded that this week’s focus is “Love”. Our second virtual liturgy will take place on Tuesday, December 7th @2:00 p.m. Thank you to Mrs. Burke, Mr. Faiazza, Mr. Schneberk, Mme Tendeiro for taking care of our technical needs and supporting student 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 2 Liturgy

Week 3 – Tuesday, December 14th NEW TIME!!! 1:30 PM -TEAMS link will be shared at a later date.

St. Mark Catholic School Council Meeting – December 7th

Our next School Council Meeting is Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30 PM. This meeting will take place virtually and is open to all parents. If you would like to attend, please email Ms. Pasceri for a link to the meeting.

HCDSB Family Paint Night – Big Spirit Moon- Tuesday, December 7- 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized free online paint nights with Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way to engage students and families to come together as a community. This is a great opportunity to be creative, and learn more about Indigenous Art. All information for the paint nights, pictures, and supplies can be found at HCDSB Paint Night  All sessions will be on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel and start at 6:30 pm-8:00 pm.

Lunchbox Orders

This week’s Lunchbox Orders will be delivered to St. Mark on Wednesday, December 8th at lunch. Gentle reminder that food orders are due Sunday by noon through SchoolCashOnline.

Christmas Angel Tree Donations Due – Dec. 9th

Recognizing our call to supporting those in need, St. Mark will once again host our annual Christmas Angel Tree Donation Campaign, virtually. We have listed descriptors (i.e. Male / Female / Age / Gift Idea) posted online via the link below.  If you would like to participate in helping a family this Christmas, please choose which gift you would like to purchase. A follow up email will be sent to you. We are asking for all gifts to be returned to school UNWRAPPED and with a label of your gift donation description, by Thursday, December 9th.  Thank you for your continued support and for helping us spread Christmas LOVE to those who are most vulnerable.

Christmas Angel Tree 2021 Donations

December Spirit Days – Continued….

Show your Christmas spirit on the following days:

Friday, December 10th – Pajamas Day

Friday, December 27th – Christmas Red and Green Day (Christmas Wear)

Foodbank Friday – Dec. 10

Advent is a time of hopeful waiting for the light of Jesus.  Let’s pass on the light of Jesus to those less fortunate than ourselves. Foodbank Friday is December 10th.  The food bank has asked us to focus on building up their supplies of personal hygiene products such as shampoo, deodorant, body wash, canned juice or juice boxes, canned meat, canned fruit or vegetables or condiments like ketchup, mustard, or relish, but any donation is welcome. If you prefer to make a financial donation the link is below, remember to click on the fundraising event and click St. Marks. 

Donate – The Burlington Food Bank

St. Mark Catholic School Council Advent Corner:

Our Catholic School Council has organized many different fun activities which will be taking place throughout the month of December. Please look out for weekly alerts via email for details and upcoming activities/ virtual events. Coming up – Next Week….Look out…. via email, daily clues to our Mystery Reader #1– who is scheduled to share one of their Christmas Classics virtually, on Thursday with all classes.

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

WEEK 2 – Advent  

Nightly Prayer: Love 

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

Leader:  God our Father, in this second week of Advent, we ask You to fill our hearts, home, and family with Your great love.  

All:  Come, Lord Jesus. 

Family member lights the first and second advent candles. 

Leader:  Lord, help us to love You above all things.  Help us to love our siblings, family members, friends, classmates, and neighbors.  Help us to love those who are the most difficult to love.  Let us love all others as we love ourselves — with joy, peace, mercy, and generosity.  

All: Come, Lord Jesus. 

Leader: In these final days of Advent, we look back on the many ways we have prepared for Your coming.  At times we have been fervent and sincere; at other times we have been apathetic and slow.  We ask now for You to cover our imperfections with Your love, readying our heart for Jesus’ birth. 

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

Annual Christmas Angel Tree Donation Campaign
Nov 29 – Dec 9 all day
If you would like to participate in helping a family this Christmas, please choose which gift you would like to purchase. A follow up email will be sent to you. We are asking for all gifts to be returned to school UNWRAPPED and with a label of your gift donation description, by Thursday, December 9th.  THANK YOU for your ongoing support and tremendous generosity!!!  Christmas Virtual Angel Tree      
Advent Virtual Liturgy – Week 2
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
St. Mark Catholic School Council Virtual Meeting
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Food Bank Friday
Dec 10 all day
School Spirit – Pajamas Day
Dec 10 all day
Advent Virtual Liturgy – Week 3
Dec 14 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Pasceri, MariaWeekly Update – Dec. 6