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.

September 24, 2021
Dear St. Mark Families,

This Sunday's Gospel, Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 reminds us that faith is a lifelong journey toward God. We don’t always get it all or even get it right. But we pray for the grace to acknowledge and build upon even the smallest signs of faith, in ourselves and in others. There are plenty of obstacles that might prevent the growth of faith. Let us pray that we are not contributing to the obstacles that might hinder another person’s faith in Jesus. As a partners in your child's Catholic education, we strive to do everything we can to help one another have faith in Jesus. © Loyola Press Sunday Connection

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Warner 

Please do not reply to this email. If you have questions, comments or concerns please email me directly.
Technology Update

I am proud to announce that St. Mark School has applied for and received a grant award to replace and expand our current, aging technology. In the coming weeks, each student in Kindergarten and First Grade will be provided a school issued iPad for use in school. Each student in Grades 2 through 8 will be provided a school issued Chromebook for use in school. Additionally, each teacher will be provided a new ThinkPad Laptop and our office administrative staff will be issued new desktop computers.
CT Governor's Summer Reading Challenge

Both new and returning students are encouraged to track their reading for the CT Governor's Reading Challenge Tales and Tails. Student Reading Journal can be found here. Visit the Connecticut Reads website by clicking here for more information and click here to learn how to find "just right" books for your child and recommended book lists.

Students in Grades Kindergarten through Grade 8 who return their Reading Journal to their teacher by Monday, September 27th will enjoy a yummy treat when Jim's Ice Cream Truck visits St. Mark School on Friday, October 1st.

Please contact your child's teacher or click here for a Reading Journal.
There is no minimum requirement for number of books read.

St. Mark Little Lions preschool students who are in attendance on Friday, October 1st will also receive a treat as welcome to our community!
Morning Drop Off Procedures

As a reminder, we ask that the follow protocols be followed by our school community for the safety of our students:

  • Parents utilizing the Drop and Go Car Line are to enter using the driveway adjacent to the Blessed Mother Statue.

  • Parents utilizing Parish Center entrance for Preschool and Goodbye Zone are to enter using the driveway across the street from the farm.

  • Doors will close promptly at 7:45am in order for classes to be on time for 8am daily mass.

  • The Nemergut Drive entrance (chain-link fence) is EXIT ONLY during arrival and dismissal times.

Please note: If someone other than yourself is dropping off, please relay this important information.
St. Mark School Athletics

Basketball Try-Outs
Basketball try-outs will be held in the Parish Center on Saturday, September 25, 2021. In order to try-out for a team, students must either attend St. Mark School or be active parishioners at St. Mark Church. Please be advised that St. Mark Basketball is a competitive program designed to prepare athletes for the next level of play in high school. Spaces are limited on each team. Please contact michael.sciallo@stmarkschool.org with any questions.

Try-out times are listed below. Please check the website, http://www.stmarkschool.org/students/athletics, for the most up-to-date information.

Saturday, 9/25/21
  • 9:00 am - Boys JJV (grades 3/4)

  • 10:15 am - Girls JJV (grades 3/4)

  • 11:30 am - Girls JV (grades 5/6)

  • 2:00 pm - Girls Varsity (grades 7/8)

  • 3:15 pm - Boys Varsity (grades 7/8)

  • 4:30 pm - Boys JV (grades 5/6) 
In the Classroom

This week, Grade 4 students learned how to properly hold their recorder instruments in class. After instruction, students took their recorders into the gym to practice playing notes.
During Innovation class this week, Grade 6 students worked collaboratively to control Sphero robots and LEGO WeDo robotics kits.
During Reading and Math Personalized Learning blocks, Grade 2 and Grade 3 engaged in station rotations.
Kindergarten enjoyed a movement break while counting to 20!
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  • Monday, September 27th: Picture Day, Grades PK4 through Grade 8

  • Thursday, September 30th: Think First & Stay Safe Presentation, Grades Kindergarten through Grade 8

  • Friday, October 1st - Friday, October 8th: Scholastic Book Fair Begins

  • Friday, October 1st: Vicki Soto 5K, Registration Opens

  • Saturday, October 2nd: HSA Bottle and Can Drive, 10am-12pm

  • Thursday, October 7th: Living Rosary, 12:45pm

  • Friday, October 8th: Early Dismissal, 11:25am

  • Monday, October 11th: No School, Columbus Day
St. Mark School | 203-375-4291 | www.stmarkschool.org
500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford, CT 06614
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
Helen Keller