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.

October 11, 2020
Dear St. Mark Families,
October is an enjoyable time of the year in New England. The autumn season manifests itself with wonderful fall foliage and the temperatures are cooler. It is perfect for outdoor activities, nature walks, and apple or pumpkin picking.

At St. Mark School, October brings us to the mid-way point of the first quarter. New this year, progress reports will be sent home via backpack mail to students in grades 1-8 no later than Friday, October 16th.

Depending on grade level and teacher, your child's progress report may provide a status update on classroom skills or any number of academic subjects or a combination of the two.

After progress reports have been distributed, Parent PlusPortals will open. PlusPortals is the Diocesan Student Information Web Portal System available to all parents grades K-8. PlusPortals provides parents access to student grades, attendance, announcements, and notices.

For our new families and Kindergarten families, you will receive an email from PlusPortals with an activation link to the primary email address provided to the Main Office by Friday, October 16th. For any returning family that needs PlusPortals activation resent, please email Mrs. Huben at beginning on Friday, October 16th.

As we continue on in this school year with theme of gratitude, 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 

If you are a room parent for your child's classroom, kindly forward this communication to your fellow grade level parents, ensuring all St. Mark families have the most up to date information.
Morning Drop Off

You may have noticed members of the Stratford Police Department Traffic Division observing our parking lot during drop off on Thursday, October 8th.

We received valuable feedback on our traffic patterns, and have implemented the following changes for the safety of all our students and families and we ask for everyone's cooperation:

  • Drop off cars will be stopped before the K-4 doorway to create an unobstructed path for students to cross from the Goodbye Zone with the crossing guard.

  • Please heed all adults in the parking lot, especially our faculty, staff, and parent volunteers.

  • Speed limit of 5 miles an hour or less in the parking lot.

  • Grant the right of way to Preschool Parents crossing the parking lot near the playground.

In the weeks to come, you will see additional safety measures implemented including reflective safety vests for staff and volunteers and traffic stop signs in the parking lot.

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

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 Wendy Frate, School Nurse at with any COVID 19 related questions or concerns.  
Cleaning Procedures

In addition to weekly fogging of classrooms with a disinfecting misting machine, each classroom is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every evening by our contracted nightly janitorial crew. This includes (but is not limited to) cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces such as desks, chairs, tables, shelves, etc.

When teachers arrive in the morning, they are greeted by a sign placed on the outside of their classroom door, further confirming that "This room has been sanitized".
First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our 3rd grade class for receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Students and families have been patiently waiting for this blessed day, which was postponed from the spring due to the pandemic. May you always be united with the Holy Spirit at the Lord's table and may Jesus bless you as you walk through life's beautiful journey.
In the Classroom
This week, our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students enjoyed reading a story about Kindness with Ms. Flynn, school counselor. Students in both grades created a Kindness Tree with acts of kindness printed on leaves. Grade 1 students added two of their own acts of kindness to their trees!
St. Mark School's Kindness Quilt is complete and displayed proudly in our school hallway! In Art classes, PK through 8 students listened to the story, We Don't Eat Our Classmates and created their own Kindness patch to add to our quilt. It is a colorful and dynamic reminder that at St. Mark School, we are a team of friends who look out for each other!
Our Kindergarten friends also read Spookly, The Square Pumpkin this week. Students learned the life cycle of a pumpkin and read a non-fiction book about a pumpkin growing in a pumpkin patch. Their learning was enriched by identifying what shape pumpkin they would be and what they'd look like. Students also created a flip chart of the life cycle of a pumpkin!
This week, Grade 8 students learning in person and distance learners participated in a demonstration and mini experiment on chemical reactions using yeast, sugar, and dishwashing soap during Science Lab.
Grade 8 also took advantage of the comfortable autumn weather and took English/Language Arts class outside for some independent reading and journaling.
At St. Mark School, our teachers are always finding innovative and fun ways to keep students excited and engaged in reading. In Grade 3, students used spooky fingers to track their reading in class. So fun!
A little wet weather didn't stop our 5th Grade students from enjoying P.E. class. Students enjoyed working on their soccer skills, socially distanced!
Second Grade took their writing lesson outside the week. Students used their five senses to describe the neighborhood and enjoyed working outside under the tents and having a mask break!
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 Morning Prayers and Announcements.
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Please visit our school website regularly at 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, October 12th: No School, Columbus Day

  • Thursday, October 15th: Dress Down Day, $1.00

  • Friday, October 23rd: Cut-A-Thon, Pink Dress Down Day, $5.00

  • Monday, October 26th: Picture Day

  • Tuesday, October 27th: Picture Day

  • Thursday, October 29th: Walk-A-Thon

  • Saturday, October 31st: Happy Halloween

  • Monday, November 2nd: Winter Uniform begins
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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