Student Agenda

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Welcome to St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic School! The information found in the student agenda is intended to introduce you to some of the aspects of our school operations. We continue to build our school community by introducing and developing further aspects of our school in collaboration with the Catholic School Council.

Parents/guardians, students, staff and the clergy are regarded as partners in the process of education. We hope that this agenda will be informative and helpful as we work together in helping our children grow spiritually, academically and socially.

Please take the time to become familiar with this information. A mutual understanding of our school routines and a clear definition of our expectations will form the basis of a positive relationship between the home and school.

We believe that the religious formation of each student is rooted in a partnership of Church, Home and School. In making the decision to send a child to a Catholic school, parents are acknowledging their responsibility to support their child in full sacramental participation in their faith. We maintain an active working relationship with Holy Family Parish and encourage parents to do the same.

To all of our new families we welcome you to St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic School! We look forward to working with you and your children as you become part of our exciting school community. Best wishes for a successful year.

M. Clunis, Principal  and
V. Boyden, Vice-Principal


95 Waller St.,
Whitby, Ontario, L1R 1Z7
Phone (905) 721-2460
Fax: (905) 721-1265
Twitter: @StMark_DC
Facebook: St. Mark The Evangelist, Whitby

Student Absence

Safe Arrival Student Absence/Late Arrival Reporting 1-844-288-7628.  Call before the bell time for the current

Agenda Items

Please review the student agenda below with your child.

School's Hours

Our school's hours are as follows:

8:45 am - Yard Supervision Begins
9:00 am - Classes Begin
11:45 am to 12:45 pm - Lunch
3:30 pm - Dismissal

Board's Mission Statement 

The Durham Catholic District School Board's Mission is:

We are called to celebrate and nurture the God-given talents of each student as we serve with excellence in the light of Christ. 

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School Misson 
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School Mission Statement Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic School is a Catholic Learning Community that values and respects each individual by nurturing their academic, spiritual and personal growth. 
School Prayer - Prayer to St. Mark
St. Mark, we pray to you to help us find the right path to follow in our actions, and in our words, to help us find knowledge and peace. Help us every day to become closer to Jesus' word of love and forgiveness. Inspire us to be closer to God and His teachings of life. St. Mark, give us the courage and strength to be the best Catholics we can be 
Our Parish

Our school's parish is:

Holy Family Catholic Church Parish
Clergy Members: Rev. Fr. Laszlo Nagy, Pastor
Rev. Fr. Matthew McCarthy, Associate Pastor

Phone: (905) 665 - 6470
Fax: (905) 665 - 6651

Address: 91 Ribblesdale Dr.
Whitby, Ont. L1N 6Z3 

About our school
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School is located in Whitby, Ontario. The school was opened in 1992 and currently educates over 600 students. We host French Immersion as well as an English stream program. Our children represent a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Our Patron Saint is St. Mark, who was one of the main writers of the Gospels in the New Testament. We have adopted St. Mark's symbol, the lion, as our own school symbol.
2019-2020 School Year Calendar 

Our school will be closed on the following holidays and professional activity (PA) days:

  • September 2 - Labour Day
  • October 11 - PA Day
  • October 14 - Thanksgiving
  • November 15 - PA Day
  • Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 - Christmas Vacation (Classes resume on January 6, 2020)
  • January 17 - PA Day
  • February 17 - Family Day
  • March 13-20 - March Break (Classes reume on March 23, 2020)
  • April 3 - PA Day
  • April 10 - Good Friday
  • April 13 - Easter Monday
  • May 18 - Victoria Day
  • June 5 - PA Day
  • June 26 - PA Day 
Safe, Caring and Healthy Elementary Schools
The Durham Catholic District School Board recognizes that a school should be a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility, and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. It is the responsibility of all members of the school community to work together to create a positive learning environment where all members feel supported. 
Access to Premises 

Parents/guardians are welcome to visit the school to discuss an issue with teachers or administrators. In keeping with the Board’s Access to School Premises Policy, all doors will remain locked during school hours. Our Safe Welcome Program provides an intercom and camera at the main door of the school for all visitors to communicate with the office prior to entering the school. This enhances the safety of students and staff. Please remember that anyone coming into the school must first sign in at the office and obtain a Visitor’s badge. (Parents/guardians are not allowed access to the school yard before school or during recesses and noon hour.) At recess time, the school yard is well supervised and staff will question anyone whose presence is not expected. Each member of staff is wearing photo ID and is identified on duty with a safety vest.

If a parent/guardian needs to pick up his/her son/daughter during the school day, this must be facilitated at the office. Members of the office staff will call the student down to the office to be signed out. If parents send a friend/relative/designate to pick up their child, please advise the school in advance and ask the designate to provide photo identification at the office. If the student returns to school before dismissal, he/she must sign back in at the office so that his/her attendance can be monitored.

Attendance Matters - Make Every Day Count

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Now is the time to start building this habit so your child learns right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college or university and in the world of work.

Did You Know?

  • Absences can add up quickly. A child is considered chronically absent if he/she misses just two days every

Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and grade one are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of grade three.
  • By Grade 6, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By Grade 9, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than grade eight test scores.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance. School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

What You Can Do:

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or
        headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. Check with your physician if frequent
        physical complaints are an issue.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the school social worker, or other parents
        for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning. Attending school regularly
        and arriving on time often helps students feel more comfortable and less anxious in the long run. Chronic
        absence makes it difficult for a child to feel a part of the classroom community.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbour, or
        another parent to help.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Communicate with the school and let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they
        can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any
         questions or need more information please contact your child’s teacher, principal or vice principal.
  • Contact the school if you are planning on taking your child out of school for more than five days as some
        absences require the permission of the school principal. 
 Safe Arrival to School - Automated Attendance

In June 2018, the Durham Catholic District School Board adopted a new automated attendance system, called Safe Arrival, for reporting student absences.

Safe Arrival reduces the time it takes to verify student attendance making it easier for you to report your child’s absence and easier for staff to respond to unexplained student absences.

Parents are able to report their child’s absence quickly and conveniently using three different methods:

  1. Parents can log into a website: to report student absences.

  2. Parents can call into the automated interactive telephone system using the toll free number
        1-844-288-7628 through which absences can be reported.

  3. Parents can download the SafeArrival app for iOS and Android smartphones. Search for the keyword school
        messenger in the Google Play store or the Apple App store. Select Canada, select sign up, enter your email
        address that is on file with the school, enter a password. All three methods are available 24 hours a day, 7
        days a week.

Future absences, like doctor’s appointments can be reported ah ead of time. For more information, please visit the school website.

Restorative Schools

We believe that safety begins with positive connections between the students, staff and parents. To foster these relationshi ps, staff in the Durham Catholic District School Board use restorative practices, including classroom circles and small group conferences to build community within the classroom and the school. Restorative Practice is rooted in the same philosophical approach as Canada’s Native Aboriginal communities. It rests on the belief that it is best to do things with people, rather than to them. When conflict arises, using restorative practice engages students in a fair process that responds to behavior in ways that strengthen and repair the relationship. It is collaborative rather than adversarial in nature. The aim of restorative practice is to hold individuals accountable for their actions while restoring and repairing any relationships amongst each other and within the community that may have been harmed.

Catholic Restorative Schools will:

  1. Provide opportunities for someone who has done harm to determine the effect of his/her actions and make

  2. Provide a voice for the victim.

  3. Use a common set of restorative questions both in and out of our classrooms to give the victim a voice and
        enable the perpetrator to determine the effect of his/her actions. “How do you think your actions had an
        impact on others?” “What do you think you need to do to make things right?”

  4. Use circles, or small group conferences to build community, develop empathy and understanding, and when
        needed, to repair relationships. 

  5. Celebrate our Catholic community through the Catholic virtues and Catholic Graduate Expectations.

  6. Use think papers and reflective discussion papers aligned with the restorative questions. 
Code of Conduct
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