St. Mark Catholic Elementary School to celebrate 50 years of serving the Stouffville community

St. Mark Catholic Elementary School in Stouffville will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special Feast Day Mass and Open House School Celebration on Monday, April 25, 2016. The entire school community including parents, former staff, alumni and community partners are invited to all events to help mark this milestone anniversary.

The Mass will be celebrated by Father Michael Hughes the morning of April 25th at St. Mark Church, adjacent to the school. Later in the evening, an Open House Celebration will take place at the school. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the school and participate in a scavenger hunt that will highlight the school's rich history. There will also be a 50/50 fundraiser in support of St. Mark Church, music, entertainment, student presentations, and brief remarks by officials. School Trustee, Elizabeth Crowe; Superintendent of Education, Opiyo Oloya; MPP Dr. Helena Jaczek; and Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Justin Altman will be among the dignitaries attending the Open House Celebration. Refreshments will be provided.

St. Mark CES opened at 333 Glad Park Avenue in Stouffville in 1965. Over 100 students attended St. Mark CES during its first year under the direction of its inaugural principal, Paul Condon. Since then, the school has grown and become a cornerstone of the Whitchurch-Stouffville community.

In its early years, St. Mark school hosted Sunday Masses for St. Mark Church, until a Catholic church was built for the Stouffville community. For 36 years, St. Mark school was the only Catholic school in the area, and as such, it has graduated multiple generations of families who continue to call Stouffville home today.

Its current Principal, Derm FitzPatrick says, "St. Mark's is known for its spirit of hospitality. As we prepare to open our doors to the addition of a French Immersion Program here in September, we look forward to welcoming the many new students and families who will soon join us. I hope that our 50th anniversary serves as a great opportunity to get to know our school better, to celebrate with friends young and old, to reflect on our school's proud history, and to dream about our future together."