St. Mark School
A 2009 National Blue Ribbon
School of Excellence
St. Mark School is a Christ-centered learning environment that teaches Gospel values and fosters academic excellence. Aware of the dignity and uniqueness of all students, we are committed to the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and physical development of each child.

April 22, 2022
Dear St. Mark Families,

It is a long-standing tradition at St. Mark School for the 8th Grade class to present the Lenten devotion of The Living Stations of the Cross each year.

The maturity and grace with which the Class of 2022 conducted themselves was not only amazing, but moving for all those in attendance. They have made our community very proud.

This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter. In the Gospel, we will hear Jesus greet his disciples with the gift of peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun. As Jesus was sent by God, so too does Jesus send his disciples. This continuity with Jesus' own mission is an essential element of the Church. Jesus grants the means to accomplish this mission when he gives his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit binds us together as a community of faith and strengthens us to bear witness to Jesus' Resurrection.© Loyola Press Sunday Connection

As we enter the last quarter of the 2021-2022 school year, with all the anticipation and excitement it brings, I wish you all continued good health God's blessings.

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Warner 

Please do not reply to this email. If you ever have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
Quarter 3 Report Cards

Parents of students in Grades K-8 are asked to please sign and return Quarter 3 report card envelopes (only the envelope) to your child's teacher by Friday, April 29th. As a reminder, a PDF copy of Quarter 3 Report card can also be downloaded from the e-locker found in parent's PlusPortal. 2022 Iowa and CogAT testing reports for students in Grades 1-7 were included in the report card envelope.
Feast of St. Mark
Monday, April 25th

Our patron, St. Mark was an evangelist, or Gospel writer. In fact, he was the pioneer in Gospel writing. His is the shortest and the oldest of the Gospels. Little is known of Mark except from the New Testament. He was not one of the twelve apostles, but was a member of the first Christian community. Mark had firsthand experience of the early Church and apostolic life. He was a traveling companion and assistant of Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey.

Mark’s Gospel was a great contribution to the Church. It included oral and written tradition concerning the words and deeds of Jesus. He shows Jesus as the suffering Son of God. Mark knew that to accept the Risen Jesus meant to come to terms with the cross. Jesus was glorified because he willingly allowed himself to suffer death for our salvation. Mark writes that anyone who wishes to follow Jesus must accept the cross.

Over the years artists have given a symbol to each of the evangelists. Mark’s symbol is a winged lion because his Gospel begins with the story of John the Baptist who, like a roaring lion, called people to repent. © Loyola Press

On Monday, May 25th, St. Mark School will celebrate the Feast of St. Mark with our 2nd Annual St. Mark School HSA Walk-A-Thon and free Dress Down Day. Students are invited to participate in a free Dress Down Day by wearing St. Mark School Spirit Wear (and sneakers) to show their love and support for St. Mark School on the Feast of St. Mark.
Save the Dates

May Crowning of the Blessed Mother will be presented by Grades 2 & 8 on Wednesday, May 11th in our church. All parents are welcome to attend.

Grandparents & Special Friends Day will be held on Thursday, June 2nd. Stay tuned for more details!
Spring Uniform

Please review the spring uniform dress code below for Grades K-8. Please note that students have the option during this time to wear their winter uniforms (long pants, jumpers, plaid skirts, and plaid skorts).

Starting on Tuesday, April 26th, K-8 students who are not in compliance with the uniform dress code will be issued a uniform violation slip. Violation slips will be required to be signed by a parent and returned to the classroom teacher. Repeated violations could result in disciplinary action.

K-8 Boys
Pants or Shorts
  • Navy blue walking shorts or navy blue pants (elastic waistband pants or shorts suggested for Kindergarten)
  • Black or brown belt (Kindergarten boys do not need a belt)
  • No shorts with flaps, snaps, or cargo pockets
  • Excessively loose or baggy pants are NOT permitted

Shirts
  • White, short sleeve polo shirt with the school logo
  • Grade 8 students have the option of wearing pastel blue, yellow or pink polo shirts with the school logo.

Shoes/Socks
  • Regular school shoes (Sperry, Merrills, black or brown dress shoes)
  • NO sneakers or Ugg Moccasins
  • White or navy blue socks (covering the ankle)
  • Low white socks are not permitted

K-8 Girls
Pants or Shorts
  • Pants, Shorts, Skorts
  • Navy blue walking shorts or Navy blue skort (elastic waistband pants or shorts suggested for Kindergarten)
  • A black or brown belt (Kindergarten students do NOT need a belt)
  • No shorts with flaps, snaps, or cargo pockets
  • Excessively short or tight shorts/skort are not permitted for girls

Shirts
  • White, short sleeve polo shirt with the school logo
  • Grade 8 students have the option of wearing pastel blue, yellow or pink polo shirts with the school logo. 

Shoes/Socks
  • Regular school shoes (Sperry, Merrills, black or navy Mary Jane dress shoes)
  • NO sneakers or Ugg Moccasins
  • White or navy blue socks (covering the ankle)
  • Low white socks are not permitted

K-8 Boys & Girls PE Uniform
PE uniform for boys and girls remains unchanged from the winter. However; navy blue athletic shorts with the school logo is added as an additional option for spring uniform.

If you have questions about the uniform policy, please email Mrs. Mannino cmannino@stmarkschool.org.
Summer Learning Program

St. Mark School has partnered with Catapult Learning Services to offer an Extended School Year/Summer Learning Program to students currently in Grades K-5.

The summer learning program will be offered July 5th-29th, Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. Please click here to read program details. Program registration form can be found here. Click here to read program FAQs.

Please note that this free program is open and available to all current K-5 students and there are no residency, income, or academic performance requirements for registration.

Space is still available and registration forms will be accepted through Friday, April 29th. Contact tabatha.giribaldi@catapultlearning.com with questions.
Blake's School Uniform Company Sale

Blake's School Uniform Company is offering early bird specials on uniform sales for the 2022-2023 school year. Click here for pricing information and click here to download early bird coupon. For store information visit www.blakesschooluniform.com
Important Reminders

If you have not ordered a hot lunch, please send your child to school with enough to eat for snack and lunch. Additionally, please ensure your child has a water bottle with them. Water fountains are available for bottle filling only and not individual drinking at this time.

We have been informed by some parents that phone calls from St. Mark School have been filtered or blocked as spam by some cell service providers. Please save the St. Mark School phone number (203) 375-4291 in your cell phone contacts to ensure you receive phone calls and voice mail messages.

Parents are asked to please adhere to the 5mph speed limit in the parking lot during drop off. Our fellow parishioners on their way into daily Mass appreciate your attention to the speed limit.
St. Mark School Playgrounds 

I'm so happy to see our children enjoying the playground after school once again. However; it has been brought to my attention that some of the preschool playground toys are being broken. Therefore, we will no longer be unlocking the preschool portion of the playground for after school use at this time.

Parents are asked to please supervise your children closely while using the playground. For everyone's safety, please do not allow your child to squeeze through any locked gates to enter the playground.
End of Year Dates

With the approval of the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools, Office of the Superintendent for Schools, the last day of the 2021-2022 school year for Grades Kindergarten through 7 will be Friday, June 17th, 2022.
 
Early Dismissal Days in June
Thursday, June 16th, 11:25 Dismissal
Friday, June 17th, 11:25 Dismissal

Little Lions Preschool Program (PK3 & PK4)
The last day of Little Lions Preschool (PK3 & PK4) Program will be Thursday, June 16th, 2022. Please note that the day is an early dismissal at 11:25am and there is no After School Program. We will celebrate our PK4 students moving up to Kindergarten with a Graduation Celebration on the last day of the program, Thursday, June 16th.

Kindergarten
Kindergarten Graduation will be celebrated on Friday, June 17th. Please note that the day is an early dismissal at 11:25am.

After School Program
The last day of St. Mark School's After School Program will be on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 for all grades, PK3-8.
Class of 2023

Notre Dame High School, Fairfield is offering a practice entrance exam for current Grade 7 students on Saturday, May 1st at 8:30am. The pre-HSPT is a seventh grade edition of the HSPT. Students will still need to take the exam again in the fall. Click here for more information from ND, Fairfield.

Students and parents are welcome to visit the Notre Dame, Fairfield campus for Spring Open House on Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30pm.
Parish News

Easter Egg Hunt
St. Mark Parish Easter Egg Hunt is back this year! All children ages 2-10 are invited to join the parish on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24, after the 9:00am Mass to hunt for Easter candy and prizes in each age group. Children will even be treated to a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Hosted by St. Mark Parish Youth Group, there is no charge for this event, though donations will be accepted to benefit Al's Angels, a local charity helping local youth and families as well as Ukrainian refugees.

Are You in Need of Food?
Anyone in, or out, of the Parish, who needs food assistance, should contact Deacon Paul at pkurmay45@optimum.net or call him at 203-378-8025. You may also leave a message at the rectory office 203-377-0444. Discretion and confidentiality are a priority. Please don’t be nervous to reach out to us.
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  • Monday, April 25th: Feast of St. Mark

  • Monday, April 25th: HSA Walk-A-Thon Event

  • Monday, April 25th: Free Dress Down Day in St. Mark School Spirit Wear

  • Wednesday, April 27th: HSA Snack Shop, $1

  • Friday, April 29th: HSA Me and My Guy Dance

  • Tuesday, May 3rd: HSA Meeting, 7pm, Church Hall

  • Friday, May 6th: First Friday Mass, 8:00am

  • Friday, May 6th: Early Dismissal, 11:25am

  • Saturday, May 7th: First Holy Communion, Grade 2

  • Saturday, May 7th: HSA Bottles and Cans Drive, 10A-2P

  • Wednesday, May 11th: May Crowning, 9am

  • Thursday, May 12th: Cap and Gown Photos, Grade 8
St. Mark School | 203-375-4291 | www.stmarkschool.org
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Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
Helen Keller