Monthly Messenger

December 2020

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A Note From The Director-April Turner

As the hectic time of the holiday season starts to impact our lives, I hope everyone gets a chance to slow down and take in the magic of small moments. The laughter from busy classrooms has been a nice reminder of the wonders of the season. I know the classes are excited to learn about many different holidays.


Thank you for your donations towards the food bank last month. This month, we will continue to collect for the church food pantry and the food bank.


Our last day of classes before the winter break will be Thursday, December 17. We will have an all- school pajama day on this day and maybe a few holiday surprises! Looking ahead to the new year, school resumes on Monday, January 4. Teachers will be holding parent-teacher conferences in late January and registration will begin on Monday, February 8 for the 2021-22 school year.


On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for your continued support of the school. As I reflect on my 1st year here as Director, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school and I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful program and community. Thank you for all that you do for the school. Happy Holidays and I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!

Staff Holiday Fund!

Please look for an upcoming letter from Theresa Foster, a parent and School Board Member, that will go out to families about contributing to the Staff Holiday Fund! The letter will be put into the family sign-in/out binders. All contributions should be dropped off in the office no later than Wednesday, December 16. Thank you for supporting our teachers!

Change Your Child's Schedule Today for the Second Semester!

Need to add an extra day? Need your child to stay through lunch hour? Now is the time to adjust your child's schedule for the second semester! We have a few slots open; please stop by the office before we close for winter break to update your child's schedule!

St. Mark's Preschool and Kindergarten Named As Grant Recipient!

We are pleased to announce that St. Mark's Preschool and Kindergarten is a recipient of a grant from the We Are One / Somos Uno Resiliency CARES Act Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona! The grant opportunity was created by the Mayor and Council of Tucson and held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. This grant for $20,000 will be used for continuing COVID-19 support for our school. Please visit the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona's website for more information!

Fundraising and Events Update

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of our fundraisers and events including the Scholastic Books, classroom collections, scholarships, the food pantry donations and so much more!

Please click on the links below for other easy ways to help support the school. Share these links with everyone you know!

Support a St. Mark's Family for the Holidays

Like so many, 2020 has been a challenging year for some of our families. Please consider supporting 2 of our community families this holiday season. We will be gathering clothes, toys and goodies for both families through Wednesday, December 16. The gifts we are gathering are for a 4 year old girl, a 6 year old boy, a 9 year old girl, and two mothers. Please bring the unwrapped gift to the office. We will collect gifts here and deliver to the family before the holidays. Gift cards are also very helpful for both families.


Here are some items on their wish list:

  • Clothes: Size 4/5 girls; Size 8/9 boys: Size 14/16 girls
  • Toys/Items: Arts and Craft Kits; Coloring Supplies; Lego/Building Blocks; Toy Cars; Books and toys designed to inspire learning; Bath and Body products.


Thank you for helping to support and give to these families this holiday season of friendship, family and giving.

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