St. Mark Catholic Elementary School Term 3 Newsletter – 2008-2009 School Year Important Dates to Remember First Day of School - Procedures for Gr. 1 to 8 June 23 – JK/K (T/Th) Year-End Celebration in School resumes on Tuesday, September 8th at 8:45 library – 2:30-3:15 p.m. a.m. Please remind your child(ren) to meet at the June 23 – PLEASE RETURN PAGE 3 OF REPORT back of the school by the gym doors in the CARD morning. When the bell rings at 8:45 a.m., parents June 24 – NO PIZZA LUNCH will say goodbye to their children outside the gym June 24 - JK/K (M/W) Year-End Celebration in doors and students will be asked to enter the gym. library – 2:30-3:15 p.m. We will have morning exercises then teachers will June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation Mass at St. Mark call out the names of students in their classes. Church – 6 p.m. June 25 – Freezies for all students! (A year-end School Council treat from your School Council) June 26 – Last Day of School. Students will be For your information, monthly School Council dismissed at 2:15 p.m. minutes are posted on the bulletin board outside the main office and on our school's web page The staff of St. Mark School wishes everyone a (http://stmark.wcdsb.ca). This year's School safe and happy summer holiday! School resumes on Council was extremely productive, and the school September 8th at 8:45 a.m. community is grateful to the Council for all of their positive decisions and contributions. Thank you to Amy Banton, Michelle Bedic, John Dixon, Katherine Flitton, Stephanie Padden, Michael Fox, Lisa DeJong, and Shelley Chambers! Summary of this year’s Council activities: - hosted a parent information seminar - ordered sports equipment for recess bins - purchased a laptop, classroom libraries, a new T.V. for the library, wall-size maps, Staffing Changes team uniforms, tokens of appreciation for the PALS program, sacramental tokens, Sadly, we must say goodbye to Mrs. Dawn Schmidt, arts resources, library resources, and much our long-term occasional Grade 5/6 teacher, who will more be leaving our school and having a baby soon! We - worked with the Fundraising Committee thank her for her dedication to our students and (Katherine Flitton, Paula Schaefer, Sarah wish her all the best as she starts her family. Stemerdink, and Stephanie Padden) to plan the Express Yourself Arts Day. The We welcome Mrs. Tricia McEwan back to St. Mark fundraiser earned $6967.43 for our CES in September. She will be teaching in the school. Junior Division. We are looking forward to working Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and for with her again! making a huge difference at St. Mark CES! Junior Boys’ 3-Pitch Team Zehrs Receipts and Campbell’s Soup Labels The junior boys played a remarkable tournament on Students and families are reminded to continue May 19. In our round robin, we defeated Holy collecting Zehrs store receipts (unfortunately not Rosary, St. Paul and lost a close one to St. Dominic. Superstore) and Campbell's Soup labels over the That put us in second in our division. We then went summer months. This year we were able to get a on and defeated Holy Rosary in the semi-final. That new set of baseball bases thanks to the Campbell's put us in the Championship, where we lost a Soup Labels for Education Program. The Campbell's heartbreaker to St. Paul. We came in 2nd overall in Soup Labels for Education Program also accepts the the tournament. The boys played their hearts out UPC symbols from V-8 juice, Goldfish Crackers, V-8 all afternoon, never giving up, and representing St. Fusion Juice and both V-8 and Gardennay soups, Mark in an exemplary manner. Mr. Ricketts was Habitant soups and Prego Spaghetti Sauce. We can very proud of their fine accomplishments and also collect labels from soup used in restaurants thoroughly enjoyed coaching the team. They are an and cafeterias, so consider asking co-workers and awesome group! Thanks to Mr. Ricketts for family if they have soup labels or UPCs that they coaching the team! wouldn't mind collecting and donating to our school! Every little bit adds up to free "stuff" for our school!! Report Cards We ask that page 3 of your child’s report card be returned on Tuesday, June 23rd. It is very important that page 3 be returned before your child is dismissed for summer vacation. We thank you in advance for your co-operation. Please note that dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, June 26th. Strong Start Once again, a selected group of St. Mark Kindergarten and Grade 1 students had the opportunity to participate in an amazing program called Strong Start. Thank you to all our St. Mark Volunteer coaches who worked with students reviewing letters, sounds, words and building words. Without your help and support we would not be able to offer the program! Thank you to all community Volunteers sponsors who fund Strong Start and their belief to help children be successful at a young age in A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped learning to read! We are very lucky to have such a out in any way this year. Your kindness and worthy program here at St. Mark’s. If you are selflessness are very much appreciated by students interested in volunteering next year, please let and staff. You make our jobs easier and you help to Mrs. DeJong know, and she can inform you of enrich the lives of our precious students. Thank when training sessions are offered. you!
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