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PA Day Agenda – November 27

Please see the agenda below for an overview of the PA day on November 27th for all staff.

PA Day Agenda November 27,2020

Orange Shirt Day

Students and staff are invited to wear orange on Wednesday to commemorate Orange Shirt Day. We will honour the survivors and the victims of residential schools on Wednesday, September 30th across our board through activities, knowledge-sharing and reflections. This work is meant to honour both the survivors, those who didn’t survive, and those who suffer from inter-generational trauma inflicted upon Indigenous peoples because of the residential school system. Thanks for your participation!


Terry Fox Run

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and St. Mark Catholic School is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes. Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating using School Cash Online. The event will be different this year due to physical distancing but we are happy to be involved in a safe and healthy way. School event date is Wednesday Sept 30th. Together, we can all make a difference! Thank you for supporting Terry’s dream. (Receipts will be issued for donations over $20.00)

COVID-19 Parent Screening Tool

The local area health units have created a screening tool to help parents and guardians make decisions about whether or not their child/children can attend school. This tool should be completed daily before attending school. No personal information is requested when completing the tool, which means that you and/or your child/children cannot be personally identified or linked to your responses. Using this tool is voluntary. It is recommended that you contact a healthcare provider if you have more questions about your child/children’s health. This tool is subject to change as further guidance from the Ministry of Health and evidence related to COVID-19 risks becomes available.

The tool can be accessed at: Electronic Parent Screening Tool

A helpful one-page printable resource has also been created:  Should my child attend school?

September Newsletter

Good afternoon St. Mark Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! Please view the September Newsletter which has lots of information for our school start-up next week. Please note that all St. Mark families are receiving this email, regardless if you have chosen in-school or remote learning for your child. 

Yours in Catholic Education,

Karlene Elliott

Practice Makes Things Easier

Practice makes… things easier. (Who wants to be perfect?) Now is a great time to get your child to practice wearing a face covering in preparation for September. Try wearing it for short periods at first, like during screen time or playtime, so it becomes comfortable.

Staggered Entry for CDSBEO Schools

Dear CDSBEO families,

In order to ensure that all health and safety procedures are in place for students and staff return to school, and to familiarize students with new protocols, the Board has opted to implement a staggered entry for school start up. This model has been created to support a slow and consistent approach to full entry for all students by Thursday, September 10th.

The schedule will ensure all grades have an opportunity to clearly review health and safety expectations as they navigate hallways, classrooms and the school yard. Each day, grades will be added gradually to increase student attendance.

Therefore, the following schedule will be in place for all schools in the CDSBEO:


Friday, September 4: No Students


Tuesday, September 8 will be the first day of school for:

  • JK/SK students
  • Grade 7 students (in secondary schools)
  • Select Special Education students (all grades) – schools will contact parents with more information


Wednesday, September 9 will be the first day of school for:

  • Grade 1-3 students
  • Grade 8 students (in secondary schools)
  • Grade 9 students


Thursday, September 10 will be the first day of school for:

  • Grade 4-6 students
  • Grade 7-8 students (in elementary schools)
  • Grade 10-12 students
  • *all students in attendance on this date


Monday, September 14: First Day of School for Remote Distance Learning

We appreciate your patience as we plan for a safe school start up.


Welcome Back to St. Mark

Dear St. Mark Families,

Welcome back to in-class learning at St. Mark Catholic school. We are excited to begin a new year of learning and growing while maintaining a safe and healthy school environment for all.  Prior to your child returning to school, we need to communicate some of our health and safety procedures to you and your child.  Please review the information contained in THIS PACKAGE and talk to your child about the expectations.  This review will not only support your child, it will also inform you of the many precautions we are putting in place to make the return to school a smooth, positive and safe transition.


Karlene Elliott

Principal, St. Mark Catholic School

Mental Health Supports

Dear St. Mark Families,

I hope you have been able to spend some time this summer enjoying your family and the beautiful sunny weather.

By now, you will have responded to the CDSBEO survey about whether your child(ren) will be returning to school in-person or online in September.  Such decisions can be challenging for families as you consider your own unique circumstances and the best interests of your children.  Please be reassured that all decisions are good decisions!

As we prepare for the beginning of the school year, I will send letters to you through the School Messenger platform.  CDSBEO has provided principals with informational letters for our school families, and I will also send you further information that is specific to St. Mark Catholic School.  Please continue to check your emails so you will be up to date as we move toward the first day of school on Friday, September 4th. Information will also be shared on our school website and Facebook page.

Today, we are sending home a letter in regards to Mental Health supports that are available for you and your family. Please Click HERE to access the PDF version of the letter. In the next week or so, you will also receive more details about what school will look like for your child. We will include information related to pick up and drop off procedures, school hours, expectations regarding health and safety, items that your child will need to bring and much more.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

I look forward to the reopening of our lovely school and to working with you to ensure a safe, productive, and supportive learning environment for your children.


Karlene Elliott

Principal, St. Mark Catholic School

Required Survey – Returning to School?

Is your child returning to school? We are asking ALL parents to complete the survey below for EACH student. The survey closes at NOON on August 20. This will allow us to continue to serve the needs of our students and their families during this unprecedented time of the global pandemic. Thank you!



The CDSBEO released its School Re-Entry Plan for September and the details of this plan can be found on the board website at:


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