November 2020
Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, November 11- Veterans' Day- No School

Friday, November 13- End of Marking Period 1

Tuesday, November 17 & Thursday, November 19- School Picture Retake Days

Wednesday, November 25--Friday, November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School

November 9, 2020

St. Mark Families:

You may be aware of the rising positive COVID-19 cases in WNY.  Schools must be prepared to close in-person instruction on short notice due to State mandates or COVID-19 outbreaks within individual schools.  

Should we be required to transition to fully remote Distance Learning, it will mimic the current schedule that we run each school day.  This means ALL students would be required to attend school remotely from 8:30 to 2:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The entire class would follow daily instruction – it would not be done in cohorts.  Wednesdays would be left as is for Office Hours, planning, teacher preparation and grade level meetings. Special area classes would be conducted at the times they are listed in the current schedule.

Before the implementation of fully remote instruction, there would be a transition time of at least 2 days for teachers to prepare for full remote instruction with all students. This would also allow families time to pick up items that students may have left in school.

Please understand that as a Kindergarten to grade 8 school,  instruction may look different for students at various grade levels.  The amount of time synchronously learning in front of a screen will vary based on age and attention levels.  Teachers would be in contact with students and families regarding daily schedules.

Should we be required to transition to fully remote Distance Learning, all families would be notified via email, automated phone call and text message.
Please continue to follow all health and safety guidelines in order to keep you and your families healthy.

R. Clemens & H. McCarthy

Though we have all enjoyed the unseasonably warm temperatures as of late, we know that a Buffalo winter is in our near future. Even with the temperature will be dropping, research and guidelines suggest that we still have windows open slightly to ensure air flow and ventilation
amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
We ask that students not only wear warm clothing to and from school, but also have long sleeved uniform options to wear during the school day.
Navy Blue sweatshirts with the St. Mark logo can be purchased by contacting
Thank you for your cooperation.

School Reach

We hope you have opted-in to School Reach text messages. This year, our automated School Reach system will send text messages along with a phone call. This system is used in addition to email. It is a crucial piece to our communication plan with parents, especially for any school wide closures.

Opt-in by following the directions below!

The NYSDOH has released a COVID-19 Toolkit which includes a decision making chart for student attendance. Per our Reopening Plan, this tool should be used by parents every morning before leaving with their child(ren) for school. It is also on our school website. This does not have to be printed and returned to school; we ask that you use it with your child(ren) at home.

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