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Deans' Weekly Newsletter

The Deans' Weekly is a weekly newsletter filled with news and information on the campus happenings for the week as well as upcoming events. The newsletter is distributed to parents and guardians of our students. Content for the newsletter comes from the Deans of St. Mark's and is compiled by the Dean of Students for distribution.

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11.17.17

Dear Parents,

Thanksgiving break is here, and we are all very thankful! At this time, I am reminded how much I have to be thankful for as a member of the St. Mark's community. While our collective lives here on campus can seem to be a little hectic at times and world events outside of Southborough continue to be concerning, I continue to appreciate the support from parents, faculty/staff, and students and the many positive things that continue to happen here on a daily basis. I hope that your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a restful break. We all have much to be thankful for!

It was a beautiful Groton Day in Southborough last Saturday with St. Mark's and Groton going head to head on the athletic fields. Fortunately, the St. Mark's Lions were fiercely determined to defeat our zebra rivals. St. Mark's accumulated 6 wins, 3 losses, and 3 ties in head to head competitions – which sends the raccoon coat back to Southborough. No one is happier that Mr. Warren!

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11.10.17
Dear Parents,
Groton Day is almost here and the Monitors and others on campus are busily preparing for the Pep Rally and the bonfire tonight and for our rival competitions (as well as NE Championships) on Saturday. Tonight's bonfire will be a cold and windy experience – finger are crossed that will be able to proceed as planned. Bundle up for Saturday as well! Here is the Schedule for tomorrow's Groton Day:
  • 7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:45-11:15 SM Saturdays ... Please note the early time to start SM Saturday Programming
  • 11:15 AM School meeting, followed by the traditional Snake Dance!
  • 11:30-12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 and 2:00 PM Athletic Contests here at SM
For those who need any last minute St. Mark's paraphernalia - the SM's Lion Pride bookstore will be open Saturday from 12:00-1:30.
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11.3.17

Dear Parents,

It's Friday afternoon, and we have a special academic schedule with many of our teams traveling to Tabor and Nobles and with our cross country runners off to the ISL Championship at Lawrence. It's a beautiful, warm day for contests ... Go Lions!

With the close of Window I and the first major college application deadline behind us, we hope that all will be able to catch their breath (albeit short) over the course of this Open Weekend.

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10.27.17

Dear Parents,

With the wacky New England weather, we are almost to November with Halloween (costumes on Tuesday), early decision applications due for our VI Formers, Groton Day and the end of the Window only weeks away! That said, we a closing out the month of October with Trustee Weekend! Lots of positive conversations and serious decisions about the future plans of St. Mark's. We are glad to have these dedicated members of the St. Mark's family back on campus, and as always, we appreciate their good stewardship.

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10.20.17

Dear Parents,

It's October so it must be busy, and even with the Monday and Tuesday off from school after a successful Family Weekend (click here for news) we find ourselves right back into the daily routine of academic, afternoon activities, Thursday Evening Chapel and more. The campus does not remain quiet for long!

Thanks to everyone both near and far for their support of their children over the course of Family Weekend. It was great to have so many people on campus – watching the Friday night arts presentations, meeting with teachers and advisors, witnessing lots of victories on the athletic fields, learning about the college process with V Form College Weekend, and being a part of the community on a beautiful Saturday in New England. We even triggered the fire alarm at Saturday lunch to keep things interesting! Thank you!

A reminder that Saturday is a Community Weekend and Monday is Picture Day!

This Saturday, we will be celebrating Halloween with our annual dance at night! Students are invited to come to dance(in appropriate costumes, to have fun, to hang out with their friends, and to meet new people). The Student Discipline Committee is also sponsoring a "Chicken Nugs, Not Drugs" event after the dance! It's a Community Weekend, so campus will be buzzing with excitement and high energy.

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10.13.17

Dear Parents

It's Family Weekend! Lots going on tonight and tomorrow, so please make sure you register in the Hinkle Room upon your arrival to campus. Looking forward to seeing many of you on campus – particularly at the visual and performing arts events tonight in the PFAC! [click here for the schedule for the weekend]

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10.6.17
Dear Parents,
We look forward to welcoming parents and guardians to Family Weekend next weekend, October 12 through 14. Registration for appointments with your child's teachers and advisor is now closed. If you were unable to make an appointment with your child's advisor or one or more of your child's teachers, due your schedule or theirs, please contact your child's advisor via email. The schedule for the weekend is online.
Next weekend is also an extended weekend with no academic classes Monday and Tuesday. Boarders should return by 7:00 on Tuesday.
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9.29.17

Dear Parents,

We are excited for the upcoming Family Weekend! Registration for Family Weekend appointments with your child's advisor and teachers is now open. Registration must be completed by October 4 at 5 PM using our online system [Details and registration]. Families who would like assistance with translation services as a part of Family Weekend should be in touch with Loris Adams or Starry Zhu in the Community and Equity Office.
We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

All the best,

Dave

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9.22.17

Dear Parents,

Happy Autumn – fall is officially here! As the entire St. Mark's community tries to adjust to the busy lifestyle and structures of boarding school, I am proud to report that there is a lot of positive energy and excitement in the air. We know that gearing up and re-adjusting to the rigors of school life can be exhausting for both students and faculty. Nevertheless, we are in full swing!

On Thursday, we stood/sat for our annual All-School photo on the VI Form Quad. It was an overcast day with lots of smiling faces – a positive snapshot of the SM community. Copies of the All School photo, and the VI Form (serious and not-so serious) will be available at Family Weekend in October. Stay tuned for more information on how to purchase any of these fun photos. On Friday, we hosted our annual Club Fair where students are able to create, sponsor, and participate in a variety of activity organizations. Energy and positive thinking abound at the Club Fair!

This past week was a full one starting with the new faculty installation at Monday's evening Chapel. Mr. Warren, Rev. Talcott and the Monitors welcomed and installed our newest faculty members.

As you set your calendars for the week ahead, please note next Friday's, September 29 special schedule, put in place to support early athletic competitions and evening observance of Yom Kippur. Chapel will begin the day as usual, followed by class meetings for Red, Blue and Brown blocks. We will dismiss at 11:35 for lunch and athletic contests.

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9.15.17

Dear Parents,

We are through the first week of school and have moved more into the routine of school with academic classes and athletic programs in full swing. Woohoo! This week, we have had two inspiring Chapel talks by Colin Boylan and Rebecca Lovett, our Head Monitors, who are both committed to making this school year a positive one for all. Thanks Colin and Rebecca!
That said, the busyness of school can be exhausting and overwhelming for some. Most are still in the process of figuring out how to navigate and juggle new classes and other commitments. If you child is moving from the "stretch" zone to the "stress" zone, please be sure to reach out to your student's advisor. While the pace has picked up, the community will continue to be a vibrant place with much to do throughout the year. Let's keep everyone in the "stretch" zones!
Last Friday, we hosted Convocation on Friday evening. Every year, Convocation kicks off the beginning of the academic year with recognitions for academic excellence and for teacher dedication to St. Mark's. In addition, Mr. Warren presented a thoughtful speech focusing on role models [read Mr. Warren's convocation address].
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Dear Parents,

What a week! Student leaders, preseason athletes, new students and their families, returning students have made their way to campus and are getting ready to start classes tomorrow morning. The week has been very busy for them with Orientation Activities and our student leaders have been tremendous help in organizing and leading activities. On Thursday, the Monitors sponsored a fun community event on the Athletic Quad night where students had the opportunity to watch the Patriots football game outside, have some pizza, and hang out with classmates. Tonight, we will host our Convocation ceremony which denotes and celebrates the official opening of the academic year. Tomorrow, all classes will meet in a special schedule. We are hitting the ground running!

We will be downloading all of the data from the submitted Family Information Forms and making sure that all forms are in. Until we can complete this process, Boardingware will not be available since we need the Family Information Form for updated permissions and other information. For now, all permissions to leave campus should go through the Deans' Office and the Front Deck sign out sheet.

This Saturday after our all-school cookout with Mr. and Dr. Warren at Choate House, David Hall, a hypnotist, will be mesmerizing the crowd with his unique talents. Should be fun and entertaining. Also this weekend, we will be sponsoring a number of off campus trip to Target, the Natick Mall, Starbucks, Dick's Sporting Goods, Chipotle, and more! Students should sign up in the Deans' Office for these trips. It's a Community Weekend, and we expect boarders to stay on campus overnight on Saturday and would love to have days students stay or come back to campus on Saturday evening for the main event (if they can).

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Dear St. Mark's Community,

Happy September! Labor Day Weekend is here (and so is the first issue of the Deans' Weekly Newsletter) and the faculty spent a number of days this week taking part in professional development meetings and preparing for the arrival of students and parents next week. All of us are getting ready, and we hope that you are as excited as we are for the start of the school year! Go Lions!

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