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.

February 25, 2022
Dear St. Mark Families,

In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading Luke 6:39-45, Jesus’ parables are a reminder of the importance of continued learning, prayer and reflection, and humility in our discipleship. We shine God’s light in the world when we are “lit from within” with God’s grace, willing to examine our own conscience and recognize our own need for transformation through Jesus. As partners in your child's Catholic education, together we are responsible for each child's physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. As disciples ourselves, we may sometimes be challenged to find time and energy to care for and attend to our own spiritual growth. Yet doing so can improve our personal relationship with God and help us guide all St. Mark students in their faith. © Loyola Press Sunday Connection

I wish you all continued good health and God's blessings.

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Warner 

Please do not reply to this email. As a reminder, I have an open door policy for all parents and students. If you ever have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
COVID-19 Mitigation Practices

Face Masks
As you may know, Governor Lamont officially eliminated the statewide school mask requirement effective February 28, 2022. As such, in keeping with diocesan policy, masks will be optional inside St. Mark School effective Monday, February 28, 2022. Masks for students, faculty members, and visitors inside St. Mark School and indoor school events will be recommended and welcomed, but not required.

According to Federal Regulations 70.2, 71.31(b), 71.32(b), face coverings remain required on public transportation, which includes school buses. (This mandate is not within the control of local or state officials). If your child rides the school bus or van home from school, please ensure that they have a supply of face masks with them in their backpack.

In accordance with the CDC guidelines, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, who are no longer experiencing symptoms after 5 days of isolation, and wish to return to school, are to continue wearing a mask for the additional 5 days.

For parents who wish for their child to continue wearing a mask while in school, this will be allowed and welcomed. However, St. Mark School staff can not be required to monitor or correct mask wearing for these students. Please work with your child to ensure that they understand your wishes.

St. Mark School administration will continue to work with the Office of the Superintendent for Schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Stratford Department of Health to be cognizant of local infection rates and vaccination rates. St. Mark School has the authority to make changes in these procedures in the future if the need arises.
Please note that during this transition period, there may be times when students may be asked to put on a face mask. For example, during indoor whole school gatherings. We appreciate the continued partnership and support of our St. Mark families by ensuring that your child has a face mask with them in their backpacks at all times. This is most important for students that rely on school buses and vans for transportation.

Plexi-Dividers and Distancing
We have received requests by St. Mark parents to continue use of plexi-dividers in classrooms and the cafeteria. To be respectful of the wishes of everyone, some free standing dividers will be available for any student whose parent wishes their child use them. Please work with your child to ensure that they understand your wishes.

Student desks will remain 3 feet apart, seat to seat. A common practice of classroom seating arrangements is for student desks to be arranged in groups or “tables”. This type of arrangement lends itself to a classroom environment of group work and collaboration. As we loosen some of our mitigation strategies, classroom teachers will have the option to arrange classroom seating into “tables” or groups.

Beginning on Monday, February 28th, students in Grades 6-8 will return to switching classrooms for different subjects.
From the Nurse's Office

As we transition to a new approach to the management of COVID-19, I would like to remind families to be cognizant of the health of your child. Most importantly, please keep your child home if they feel sick or have any COVID symptoms. 

Click here for the updated guidance from the State DPH and CSDE regarding the new approach to COVID-19 management in schools and settings outside of school.

We will continue quarantine/isolation guidance for those individuals who test positive or are not feeling well and are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Please see the chart below for this information and click here to read the guidance in its entirety. Please note that if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 they may return on day 6 as noted below. The individual will need to wear a mask for days 6-10 upon return to school.

Please be advised that as of Monday, February 14th, students are no longer permitted to walk out to parent cars for an early pickup. If your child needs to be dismissed early for any reason, please come into the office to sign them out.

For safety and the efficiency of our dismissal process, students will not be dismissed early from the office after 2pm. If you need to pick up your child early from school, please do so no later than 2pm. Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Foundations in Education Grant Award

Foundations in Education is an independent non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County. The grant program, now in its fifth year, promotes excellence in Catholic education by supporting teachers’ creative projects and professional development. Grants funded through this program are intended for transformative initiatives that benefit multiple grade levels and have a long-term impact on student learning.

I am proud to share that this year, St. Mark School Art Teacher, Sarah Carrano, was recently awarded grant funding in the amount of $5,995 for her grant application “Reinventing the Way We Look at Art”. Grant funding will be used to purchase a classroom set of graphic tablets and 3D pens that are compatible with our Chromebooks. The graphic tablets will enable Ms. Sarah to teach students cartooning, drawing on the computer, and graphic design. The 3D pens will allow students the opportunity to 3D print their very own project. Additionally, grant award funding will be used to purchase supporting materials such as a mobile color printer, mats, filament, and a demo cart that includes storage.
Professional Development Day

In accordance with the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of the Superintendent for Schools, a Personal Professional Development Day for faculty and staff has been added to the 2021-2022 School Calendar on Monday, March 14th, 2022.

Please be advised that school will be closed for students. There will be no virtual learning on March 14th. This will not add an additional day to the end of the 2021-2022 school year calendar.
2022-2023 School Registration

St. Mark School returning student registration is now open. Please contact the school main office if you need additional registration information.

The Current Family Registration form, registration fee, and tuition agreement must be submitted for your registration to be complete. We will begin accepting enrollment from new families after February 25th, 2022.
Please Make Note

Beginning March 1st, 2022, the playground will be open for our students to use after dismissal. Feel free to stay and let your children play, but please be mindful of our after school program use at 3:30pm.

St. Mark Parish’s Social Events Committee will be hosting a Corned Beef and Cannolis event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day on March 19, 2022, at 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Entertainment includes Brennan- Lucey Irish step dancers of River Dance Fame, Shooting Star Music, and Italian music and memories with Richard DeLibro.

Seating is limited, $25, RSVP to
Living Our Faith

It was a proud moment for the St. Mark School Community as five of our students were baptized last week. Along with their parents and Godparents, St. Mark students witnessed the Holy Spirit alive in the hearts of these children. May God Bless you, Felipe (Gr. 2), Alice (Gr. 5), Manuela (Gr. 5), Aaron (Gr. 4) and Violet (Gr. 2).

As the Lenten season closely approaches, please keep in mind that our clergy will be offering ashes to all St. Mark students on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd. During Lent, students in grades 3-8 will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

St. Mark Parish Youth Group invites students in Grade 8 to attend the Steubenville East Youth Conference July 29th-31st. More information with videos and photos can be found here.

Students in Grades 6 through 8 are invited to the Youth Group Spring Kickoff Mardi Gras party on Sunday 2/27 at 6pm in the Church Hall. To RSVP contact St. Mark Youth Minister, Jared Forcier
Yearbook Cover Contest

Thank you to those that submitted entries to the Yearbook Cover contest. We had many wonderful submissions, it will be a hard decision for our Grade 8 class. The winning cover design will be announced in the late spring, when the yearbook arrives. 
Dress Code Reminders
Thank you for your attention to ensuring our students are wearing shoes to school that align with the dress code. We understand that it is cold outdoors, however with the exception of Grade 8, sweatshirts are not permitted as part of the school uniform unless it is gym day.

Grades K-8 sweater: If a student chooses to wear a sweater, it must be plain navy blue with or without our school name

Grades K-4: If a student does not wear a sweater, he/she must wear a knit navy vest with our school name. This is a part of our school uniform and not an option.

Grades 5-7: If a student does not have a sweater on, he must wear a zip up navy fleece vest with our school name.

Grade 8: Students may wear their Class of 2022 sweatshirt or their chosen high school sweatshirt. All other sweatshirts are a violation of the dress code.

Repeated violations of the dress code may result in disciplinary action.
Grades 7 & 8 Confirmation Class

Please be advised that The Most Reverend Bishop Frank Caggiano has changed the age requirement for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Bridgeport. In previous years, the age requirement was the beginning of Grade 9. The new standard will be at the end of 6th grade. Due to the number of children enrolled in religious education through St. Mark Parish, as well as students of St. Mark School, our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Patricia Nettleton, will be preparing the children in 7th and 8th grades this year. Please be advised that Confirmation dates are chosen by the Bishop, and typically are scheduled in the Fall. Further information will be communicated by Mrs. Nettleton.
Mrs. Nettleton will visit Grade 8 students on Wednesday mornings and Grade 7 students on Thursday mornings to prepare for Confirmation. Instruction will be a combination of textbook and video lesson format called Chosen. The program is geared for young people eager to learn why they indeed have been "chosen" by God. The book and video feature a nationally known speaker/writer Chris Stefanick and many other notable figures in our Catholic faith, such as Father Mike Schmitz and Sarah Swafford. Each week the chapters include stories of faith, morals and lessons on being an adult in the faith. There are stories of various saints and how they led their lives of holiness. Posing compelling questions and intriguing ideas are only the start as to why and how we have been Chosen. 
Athletics Update

Our 2022 St. Mark Basketball Tournament is off to a fantastic start! Our Boys Varsity team won their first game against St. Thomas 59-44. Our Girls Varsity played a fantastic first game with a 42-8 win over St. Thomas. Come cheer on our St. Mark teams, as games continue this weekend through March 12th! Click here for more info on the tournament and here for the master schedule. Be sure to check the schedule often as game times are subject to change.

Please join me in congratulating our members of the Class of 2022 who will be representing St. Mark School on the court for the last time this season as Varsity Team players:

Robert Rosati
Skylar Hinton
Madisyn Markland
Francesca Pagano
Ava Witting

Good luck to all our St. Mark teams and May God bless you.
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  • Tuesday, February 22nd-Saturday, March 12th: St. Mark Basketball Tournament

  • Monday, February 28th-Friday, March 4th: Read Across America Week

  • Wednesday, March 2nd: Ash Wednesday

  • Friday, March 4th: Early Dismissal, 11:25am

  • Saturday, March 5th: HSA Bottle and Can Drive, 10A-2P

  • Friday, March 10th: HSA Dress Down Day, $1

  • Sunday, March 13th: Day Light Saving Time Begins

  • Monday, March 14th: No School, Professional Development Day

  • Wednesday, March 16th: No Hot Lunch Served per Sodexo Food Services

  • Thursday, March 17th: Green Dress Down Day, $1

  • Monday, March 21st-April 1st: IOWA/CogAT Testing, Grades 1-7

  • Wednesday, March 30th: HSA Snack Shop, $1
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Helen Keller