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 8, 2020
Dear St. Mark Families,
 
We are looking forward to beginning the 2020-21 school year tomorrow!

Please read the following information carefully as it outlines changes to our drop off and pick up routines in order to adhere to COVID 19 protocols.

As a reminder, Wednesday-Friday, September 9th, 10th, and 11th are early dismissal days. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am.

I wish you all continued good health and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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.
St. Mark School Reopening Plan

Per the Stratford Health Department, please be aware of the following changes to St. Mark School's 2020-21 Reopening Plan:

  • Gaiters and masks with valves are not permitted. 

  • Preschool students are required to wear face masks at all times when inside the building. 

  • Students in grades PK-8 are required to wear face masks outside when social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained during low impact activity. 

To read the complete reopening plan, click here.

If you have any COVID related questions, please reach out to our COVID Response Team at covidresponse@stmarkschool.org.

If you have questions regarding the Stratford Department of Health's COVID protocols, please email nurse Wendy Frate at fratew@stratk12.org 
Morning Arrival

Arrival begins at 7:30am.

Please watch our drop off video found here.

Buses will unload at the Parish Center doors.

Student and faculty/staff temperatures will be checked upon arrival.

We ask that no students exit their vehicles from the drop off line until the buses have emptied, pulled away, and a faculty member opens either door for students to enter.

Please do not enter the campus via Nemergut Drive (pictured below).

Between 7:20am-8:00am Nemergut Drive is a one-way exit only.
Preschool Arrival

Preschool parents enter the campus through the one-way driveway pictured below.

Parents park in front of the playground and walk their child to the Preschool entrance located next to the playground pictured here.

K-2 Goodbye Zone

We understand there are circumstances where students in grades K-2 will need assistance from parents to get out of their vehicle.

Parents will be permitted in these circumstances to walk their student to the “Goodbye Zone” (pictured below) to await further instruction to cross the parking lot.

Students will enter the K-4 entrance.

Parents will not be permitted to cross with the students.

Adults must wear face masks exiting their vehicle and in the “Goodbye Zone.”
K-8 Drop Off Line

K-8 parents who wish to utilize the drop off line, please enter the school campus next to the church, as seen pictured below and proceed to the designed drop off locations pictured below.

We ask that no students exit their vehicles from the drop off line until the buses have emptied, pulled away, and a faculty member opens either door for students to enter.

Dismissal

Dismissal begins at 2:10pm.

On early dismissal days, dismissal begins at 11:25am.

Parents must notify the school office of any early dismissal prior to arriving at the school building, as parents will not be permitted inside the building.

Upon exiting your vehicle to pick up your child(ren), adults are required to have a face mask on at all times. 

Due to cleaning protocols, students will not be permitted back into the building after dismissal from school.

Please do not enter the campus via Nemergut Drive (pictured below).

Between 2:00pm-2:30pm Nemergut Drive is a one-way exit only.


Buses

For the first few days of school, please be aware that your child may arrive home later than expected from the bus as drivers familiarize themselves with bus routes.

Preschool Pick up

Preschool parents enter the campus through the one-way driveway pictured below.

Parents park in front of the playground and walk their child to the Preschool entrance located next to the playground pictured here.
K-8 Walkers

K-8 parents who are picking up their child(ren) for dismissal, please enter the school campus next to the church, as seen pictured below and park.

Walkers grades K-8 will exit through the designated doors pictured below.

Students will be dismissed to their parents, who are expected to wait outside near the designated doors, using social distancing guidelines.

Students will be dismissed from both doors in the following order:

  • Grade 8 and Grade 4
  • Grade 7 and Grade 3
  • Grade 6 and Grade 2
  • Grade 5 and Grade 1
  • Kindergarten
P. E. Schedule

Please see the P. E. Schedule below.

P. E. class will begin on Wednesday, September 16th due to the early dismissal schedule this week.

Since many have asked, I will allow as a special consideration, gym uniforms to be worn this week. If your child has P.E. on Wednesdays, he or she may wear their gym uniform tomorrow. If your child has gym on Fridays, he or she may wear their gym uniform on Friday. However, this is optional and at parents' discretion.

Everyone should be in regular uniform on Thursday.

P.E. Schedule

Wednesday
PreK
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5


Friday
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
St. Mark School After School Program

St. Mark School After School Program begins on Monday, September 14th.

Registration is currently open. Please click here for reopening guidelines. For registration information please email Ms. Sarah Carrano here.
Emergency Contact Forms

If you have not yet returned your family's emergency contact form, please download a copy here and send it to school with your child tomorrow.

Please keep the Main Office and Nurse Wendy apprised of any changes of address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc. as the year progresses.
Back to School Reminders

This year more than ever, it is important to label all supplies including scissors, glue, folders and crayons. Don’t forget to also label sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles and anything else sent to school.

Please speak to your children about the importance of bringing everything home at dismissal. Once students are dismissed from the building, they will not be permitted back into the classrooms. I have instructed the classroom teachers to give a little extra time for packing up at dismissal to help get the students back into routine.

Be sure your child can tie their own shoes. For the safety of all, teachers will be unable to tie shoe laces like in past years. Velcro and slip on shoes will prevent students from touching laces that have been in high traffic areas such as the restroom floors.
2020 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge

As a reminder, the 2020 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge is coming to an end. All completed Summer Reading Journals for students in Grades 1-8 should be turned in to their classroom teacher by Friday, September 18.

Participants will be acknowledged in the first quarter of the school year. The class that returns the highest percentage of their Reading Journals will receive special recognition. Furthermore, certificates will be awarded to schools with the highest books-per-student count and highest participation. Winning schools will be recognized in a special ceremony by the Governor's Office.
St. Mark Parish

A committee of St. Mark parishioners have put together a very nice photo journal illustrating our parish’s journey through the COVID-19 pandemic. An inspiring story of how we adapted and survived a threat to our lifestyle and faith. A printed copy is available for sale. View all the details about this story, and a thumbnail presentation of our journey on our Parish web page found here.

Further inquiries should be directed to:  Patricia Nettleton  203-257-8342
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.
  • Wednesday, September 9th, early dismissal at 11:25 

  • Thursday, September 10th, early dismissal at 11:25 

  • Friday, September 11th, early dismissal at 11:25 

  • Monday, September 14th, first full day of school, PK-8

  • Monday, September 14th, first day, After School Program
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500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford, CT 06614
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