St. Mark School
A 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.

January 17, 2021
Dear St. Mark Families,

St. Mark School will be closed on Monday, January 18th, 2021 in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King. For over 25 years, MLK Day has been designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. I encourage all St. Mark students and families to find a small, yet meaningful way, to make a difference in their community this month in dedication to the important role Dr. King has played in our country's history. For more information, visit www.MLKDay.gov.

As a school community rooted in our shared Catholic Faith, let us continue to pray for our leaders, for civil servants, for first responders and all who currently suffer and struggle as we continue to navigate a global pandemic. Let us be grateful that God has protected our students, and ask for His continued blessings on our families.

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

Yours in Christ,
Melissa Warner 

Please do not reply to this email. If you have questions, comments or concerns please email me directly. 
Diocese of Bridgeport
Catholic Schools
Strategic Plan

The Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools has published a new strategic plan, To Make All Things New. This strategic plan focuses on four strategic priorities:
  • Vibrant Catholic Identity
  • Academic Excellence
  • Governance, Leadership and Engagement
  • Operational Vitality and Financial Stability

All St. Mark families and and community members are invited to read To Make All Things New, 2021-2024 Strategic Plan for Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools by clicking the link found here.
AMEN Team Update

St. Mark School OPEN HOUSE (by reservation only)
Sunday, January 31, 2021 10A-12N

We are looking for parents who live on busier roads to put our St. Mark School OPEN HOUSE signs on their front lawns.

You can pick up the sign this Friday, January 15th at school or it can be delivered to your home. Please call Mrs. Mannino at 203-375-4291 if you can help.

To further promote our Open House, we are asking families to post a promotional ad to their social media page(s). We are happy to customize the post with a picture of your child(ren).

Please email our AMEN Team at AMENteam@stmarkschool.org if you are interested in participating and your customized post will be emailed to you.

Thank you in advance for helping in marketing our wonderful school!
Morning Drop Off

The number of students arriving late to school in the morning has increased significantly since our return from Christmas vacation. Families are asked to be aware of our strict start time of 7:45am. Please plan accordingly if you drop off your child at school, as crossing guards and school staff will be leaving their posts at 7:45am.

Traffic Flow
As a reminder, Nemergut Road is used as a 1-way exit during arrival and dismissal times, as seen below.

If you are parking your car, use the driveway entrance opposite the farm on Wigwam Lane.

If you are utilizing the drop off line, enter through the driveway adjacent to the church and Blessed Mother statue on Wigwam Lane.
From the Nurse's Office

As a reminder, please check for the following before sending your child to school every morning:

1.Does your child have any of the following symptoms?
  • fever of 100.4 or more
  • congestion, runny nose, sore throat
  • cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell
  • fatigue, chills, headache
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

2.Was your child in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15
minutes) with anyone confirmed with COVID-19 within the last 2
weeks?

3.Has your child traveled out of state/country to any of the locations
on the COVID-19 Travel Advisory?

If the answer is Yes to any of these questions, Do Not send your child to school. Instead, begin quarantine of your child and contact your healthcare provider.

Click here for a printable daily screening tool for parents.

Please email School Nurse, Wendy Frate, RN at fratew@stratk12.org with any COVID 19 related questions or concerns.  
St. Mark School Earns
An A+ From Niche

Click here to read about our A+ rating from Niche.com, an online site tool for families to research U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses.

Scholastic Book Fair
January 19th-February 1st

Our January Scholastic Book Fair is online! Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

Our interactive Virtual Book Fair empower kids by letting them browse and choose books in the fun and interactive way. Children can experience the joy of book cases, characters, view exclusive book trailers and curated reading lists, and shop over 200 hot, new books and premium titles in a safe and virtual experience.

Click here to shop St. Mark School's Scholastic Book Fair today!
HSA Service Hour Opportunities

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the world as we know it and has impacted our traditional school activities that provide parents volunteer hour opportunities. While our students, parents, and faculty are resilient and have adapted, the pandemic has increased the school's expenses in terms of cleaning, office and classroom supplies.

Therefore, in partnership with St. Mark School's HSA Executive Board, we will periodically make requests for cleaning, office, or school supply donations in exchange for family service hours. Donations in exchange for service hours are optional. A family can choose to donate any or all of the items requested. Please send donations to school with your child attention: Main Office.

A family can choose to donate:

  • 3 containers of disinfecting wipes (75 count or more) in exchange for 1 service hour. A maximum of 3 hours will be awarded for disinfecting wipes donations. 

  • 5 rolls of paper towels in exchange for 1 service hour. A maximum of 3 service hours will be awarded for paper towel donations.

  • 2 reams of plain white copy paper for 1 service hour. A maximum of 3 service hours will be awarded for copy paper donations.

Please keep track of your own hours by completing the volunteer reporting form or emailing volunteerhours@stmarkschool.org
In the Classroom

St. Mark Little Lions used cotton balls and Q-Tips to create a snowy scene with white paint during Art class this week.
Students in grade 1 created their own subtraction equations during math stations this week. Afterwards, they spent time "engineering" with individual Lego kits during recess.
Grade 6 students created individual "greenhouses" during their Earth Science unit. Students used soil and planted seeds in 2 liter plastic bottles. Over the coming weeks, they will observe and document the germination of plant growth within their greenhouse.
The Power of Prayer

If you have a prayer intention, please submit your request to St. Mark School's prayer line by clicking here. Your intention will be remembered during our Afternoon Prayers and Announcements.
For Parish information, visit: https://www.saintmarkchurchstratford.org/

For important information and updates on COVID-19, visit the
Please visit our school website regularly at www.stmarkschool.org. Important school updates including copies of notices, newsletters, HSA links, and school calendars can all be accessed on the website.

Visit our social media pages for updates on our school community.
  • Monday, January 18th: No School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 19th: Scholastic Virtual Book Fair Begins
  • Thursday, January 21st: Dress Down Day, $1
  • Sunday, January 31st: Catholic Schools Week begins; Open House School Tours By Reservation, 10am-12pm
  • Sunday, January 31st-Saturday, February 2nd: Catholic Schools Week
  • Saturday, February 2nd: Bottle and Can Drive, 10am-2pm
  • Friday, February 12th: No School
  • Monday, February 15th: No School
  • Wednesday, February 17th: Ash Wednesday
  • Thursday, February 18th: Dress Down Day, $1
St. Mark School | 203-375-4291 | www.stmarkschool.org
500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford, CT 06614
The secret to happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us everyday in His goodness.
Saint Gianna Beretta