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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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Dear Parents,

It's the middle of April. Lot's going on while we all hope for warmer and nicer weather!

On April 11, a triumphantly successful first-ever SM Giving Day shattered its stated goal of inspiring 360 gifts in one day - representing one for every student currently enrolled at the School - as 551 gifts were made and almost a quarter of a million dollars raised in support of the St. Mark's Annual Fund.[read more]

Exterior doors are now locked throughout the day. We have had very few hiccups with access cards, and continue to welcome feedback about which doors should have card access. It will take some time to get used to the locked doors. Please do not encourage your children to climb in windows!

Architects from Goody Clancy who are working with on the upcoming residential house project were guests at seated meal Thursday evening. At dinner, they spoke briefly with the community to about their process and used a few minutes of time to capture feedback from the students on note cards which were at each table. This is a very exciting project and just one step in gathering feedback from student and faculty.

Looking forward to Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day sponsored by the Parent's Association next week! Go St. Mark's!
[read more] about 4.20.18

Dear Parents,

Giving Day was an overwhelming success! We are still processing gifts, but the initial results are astounding. We received 541 gifts and raised $241,901 in one incredible Giving Day. Thank you for your part in making this day a success for SM! Go St. Mark's!

Important reminder to all Parents:
If you have received your re-enrollment contract(s) for next year, those along with your deposit(s) are due by next Friday, April 20th. We must receive both contract AND deposit in order for your re-enrollment to be complete. Thank you. Please feel free to contact either Anne Behnke at or Laurie Kalapinski at

Evening Chapel and Seated Meal on Thursday, April 19. Please plan ahead.

Leo – newest edition is out! Please dive into the latest LEO: Once again, all four Forms are represented...sweet! [read more]
[read more] about 4.13.18

Dear Parents,

It's been a busy week (with two days of snowy weather)! The Admission Office sponsored two Revisit Day on Tuesday and Thursday and welcomed accepted family members onto campus for these special events. Thank you to the parents who graciously gave their time to help with these energetic and wonderful days. Great turn outs and impressive energy around these days!

Now we are into Trustee Weekend with St. Mark's trustees on campus working with and discussing with administrators, teachers and students about the strategic plan and other issues concerning the school. Some cool stuff!

The spring season of St. Mark's Saturdays will launch this Saturday, April 7th, at 9am. St. Mark's Saturdays courses meet this spring on April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, and May 5th, 12th, and 19th. Go SMSAturdays!

This weekend is a Community Weekend with SM Got Talent, Survey Says! and an impromptu dance events on Saturday evening and the Cutler Jazz festival with The Fringe is on Sunday at 6:30. Should be an interesting weekend!

Chris Herren was an impressive speaker on Monday, please talk with your child about how they experienced Mr. Herren's talk [read more].

[read more] about 4.6.18

Dear Parents,

We are back into the swing of things after crazy March weather, school closings and a well-deserved break. Classes are meeting, athletics are gearing up, admissions revisit days are next week and the schedule is filling up fast. Stay tuned ... lots of events happening between now and Prize Day!

[read more] about 3.31.18

Dear Parents,

What a crazy few days! We had an awesome Career Day with upperformers visiting off campus sites and underformers meeting and talking with professionals from the outside the SM "Bubble". Thanks to Mr. Camp for putting all of this together. A great, enriching day for all despite the weather. Following Career Day, a major snow storm hit dropping 12 inches of wet heavy snow on campus. Southborough lost power, and thankfully St. Mark's generators, maintenance crew, and FLIK staff kept the power and heat on and everyone fed. Now the campus is relatively quiet, Robotics is off to another tournament, and a number of interesting trips are about to depart campus! It's definitely time for a two week break.

Over break, campus will be closed and locked up. Students should not "swing by" to use the facilities or to enter the Houses. If there is a reason to reach someone on campus, you may call the Front Desk during the day between 8:30-4:00 or the Weekend Administrator at 508 380 8667 after hours.

[read more] about 3.9.18

Dear Parents,

Happy March! Spring break is almost here! Don't forget Evening Chapel and Seated Meal on Tuesday, Career Day on Wednesday, Winter Athletic Awards on Thursday, and the end of the Window on Friday!

You may have heard that the Winter Play had its performances this week with shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday matinee. The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time - A Play by Simon Stephens has been well received by the SM community – very well done! The acting, the set, the play ... kudos to the cast and crew! Seats still available for the Saturday matinee! Email Mr. Kent for reservations.

We are inviting local family members to watch the film If They Had Known and to hear from the Sopers. Please mark your calendars for this opportunity to watch a powerful and emotional documentary: PFAC at 6:30 pm on Friday, March 2. The film speaks to teenagers about the dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs, what the warning signs of a friend in need are, and what to do when a peer needs help. The story is about Clay Soper from Winchester, and on March 2 at 6:30 pm, the St. Mark's community will be fortunate to be joined by Clay's dad and sister, Geoff and Allie.

[read more] about 3.2.18

Dear Parents,

We are coming to the end of the winter season, culminating in the Winter Groton Games, the winter play, and more! In addition, we are excited for the annual Quad Games that start on Monday. We'll see if Team Phoenix can hold on to the title!

For Groton Day, the bookstore will be open Saturday from 12:30-2. Thanks, Mrs. Umiker!

Blood Drive on Wednesday – in the Hinkle Room. Local families welcome. Give pints for points!

Calendar Reminder:

Evening Chapel and Seated Meal on Monday, March 6. Chapel dress.

Career Day is Wednesday, March 7.

[read more] about 2.23.18

Dear Parents,

A huge shout out to the Parents' Association for this week's Teacher Appreciation "Battle of the Brews." Gift cards for Dunkin Donuts and Starbuck were made available to the SM adult community and were very much appreciated. A delicious treat in the middle of February! Thank you!

The Opera Trip was a success! 20 Years of heading to NYC! Very impressive! Thank you, Mrs. Putnam and the over 120 St. Markers who traveled down to New York City for our unique Opera Trip. See SM Web story for more info.

Thankfully, mid-February brings a small respite to the winter schedule with a Sleep-In Saturday and with no academic classes on Monday. We hope that this also break gives everyone some time to rest and recharge.

[read more] about 2.16.18

Dear Parents,

It's winter in New England. While the days are technically getting longer, we continue to have wacky weather. Unfortunately, we needed to move Wednesday games due to the wintry mix of snow, ice, and rain, and the cold and flu season has hit our campus (and Health Services). We are moving forward and are definitely looking forward to the Opera Trip on Monday, Winter Long Weekend, and the Quad Games!

With Ash Wednesday next week, we will be offering a super-brief "Ashes to Go" service on Ash Wednesday morning just before school at 7:45 am (as well as other times during the day). Parents dropping off their SM students are welcome!

[read more] about 2.9.18

Dear Parents,

Happy Groundhog Day! Not sure which groundhog saw his shadow or not ... but knowing New England weather as I do, I am sure we will have six more weeks of winter! Nevertheless, the campus has been vibrant with the start of second semester academic work, Community and Equity Day on Thursday, two successful nights of the Wick Festival last weekend, and the BLU Dance with almost 130 student guests from other independent schools on Saturday. On top of that, the Patriots are in the Super Bowl this weekend ... again!

[read more] about 2.2.18

Dear Parents,

On Friday evening, January 19, veteran teachers John Camp and Heather Harwood were formally installed as holders of endowed faculty chairs. At a ceremony held in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall, Mr. Camp was named the holder of the Trustees Chair, while Dr. Harwood became the holder of the Mrs. William Greenough Thayer Faculty Chair. Congrats Mr. Camp and Dr. Harwood!

We are moving into February with lots of good things on the schedule. Before you know it, it will be time for 140 students and faculty to head down to New York City for the annual Met Opera trip in a couple of weeks!

Tonight and tomorrow evening, we host the 26th Annual Wick Choral Festival on Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th from 7 - 9 p.m in the Putnam Family Arts Center. It is free and open to all! Representing St. Mark's on both nights of this year's Festival will be the Royal Blues (the School's female acapella group) and the Marksmen (its male octet). Singers from Nobles and Greenough School, the Wheeler School, and Roxbury Latin will be performing Friday night. On Saturday, singers from Middlesex, Pomfret, and Algonquin Regional High will be featured. On the college side, University of Richmond will be performing (with Blake Normandin SM '15) at the Friday concert. On Saturday evening, Northeastern University will take to the stage in the Class of 1945 Hall. The all school dress rehearsal assembly on Thursday was great!

[read more] about 1.26.18

Dear Parents,

With the conclusion of the term/semester, students and teachers have been busily completing assignments and assessments. Lots of work (and some stress!) as we get ready to start the second semester. If that is not nutty enough, Trustees are here! Board members are on campus this weekend to talk about a variety of issues that affect the SM Community. Exciting work for SM!

[read more] about 1.19.18

Dear Parents,

The St. Mark's trip to Haiti left this morning carrying bags filled with generous donations. Thank you for the computers, pens, paper, art supplies and more that you contributed to support our partner school. Also thanks to the community for their support of the Rice and Beans meal at seated lunch yesterday. The monies saved will go to support our sister school. The group looks forward to sharing pictures upon their return. Mèsi Anpil!

Just as we started up the new year with classes and academics, we are excited about taking a short break with the extended weekend due to Martin Luther King Day. We have SMSaturday classes and athletic contests on Saturday, but no academic classes on Monday. While there may be athletic practices on Monday afternoon, boarders who have taken overnights need to return by 7:00.

Last Saturday night was awesome thanks to a very successful Casino Night! Thanks for the tremendous support from our parents volunteering who served as dealers and hosts for the evening. Many thanks to Camilla King for her efforts in assembling and coordinating with all of our wonderful parent volunteers. Thanks also to the generous parents who gave items for the raffle. A great way to start 2018!

[read more] about 1.12.18

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! The Arctic Blast has arrived in the North East with low temperatures and a blustery snowstorm on Thursday. It's not very often that we cancel academic classes and practices and many look forward to getting back into the routine of school (and staying warm)! We are looking forward to our first Saturday classes of the winter term and a lucky and fun Saturday night here at St. Mark's at our annual Casino Night. Casino is always a good time and we thank the parents who are helping to make this Community Weekend an enjoyable one!

[read more] about 1.5.18

Dear Parents,

Winter break (and the arctic chill!) has started on campus, and it has gotten very quiet around here! We just completed a successful Assessment Week period, and students have headed home for a well-deserved break over the holidays. We, from the Offices of the Dean of Students and Communications and Marketing (Dave, Julie, Chuck, Sue, Sandra, Nick, Stacey, Leah, and Caitlin) want to wish you all the best to you and your families during this Holiday Season!

The Exam Bake was outstanding! Huge thanks to all the parents who made this week's Winter Exam Bake such a success! There was tons of very popular food ... cookies, cupcakes, drinks, hot chocolate, fruit, and so much more. The students were very appreciative to everyone who organized and supplied all of the treats for the kids. The Exam Bake is considered one the "best" things about being at St. Mark's! A huge hit during Assessment Week!

[read more] about 12.16.17

Dear Parents,

Thursday night's Lessons and Carols was a joyous and festive occasion with beautiful singing and music. What a way to celebrate the season! Many thanks to Mr. James Wallace, his crew, the religion department, and the Choir for their work and efforts in putting this service together at a very busy time of year. If you are close to campus this weekend, we invite you to the greater community Lessons and Carols on Sunday at 4pm.

Thanks also to the Monitors and the many House singers for making the Holiday Sign Along and the Tree Lighting Ceremony a big hit last Friday. The singers from Pine Oak were crowned the winners of this fun holiday event.

Also, the Exam Bake is almost here! Definitely a student favorite. On Wednesday at 4pm, we will be sponsoring our annual Exam Bake thanks to the good work of the Parents Association. The second exam block runs 1-3 pm, so the kids can come through and grab some treats after their afternoon exam. If you would like to contribute to the exam bake, please click on this Sign Up Genius link to contribute:

Thank you Heather Robb and Annie Rubin for organizing!

[read more] about 12.8.17

Dear Parents,

Happy December! No doubt, the next few weeks here on campus will be very full with academic work, athletic contests, holiday festivities, House events, the assessment week, the Exam Bake and more as we close the 2017 calendar year. It is a festive if not exhausting time of year! Please encourage your child not to take a "vacation" between the vacations. It's always tempting to coast!

For those planning ahead, Lessons and Carols for the SM community will take place on Thursday, December 7th. This service will follow Evening Meal and we will have dessert, including the VI Form-Faculty Desert, after Chapel. Chapel Dress.

All are cordially invited to St. Mark's Service of Lessons and Carols, on Sunday, December 10th, at 4pm in Belmont Chapel. This is a high point of our Chapel year, and an experience that generations of St. Markers say stays with them long after graduation; come see what all the fuss is about!

On a different note - to help ensure the safety of our community and prepare ourselves best we can for potential emergencies, we will be performing an emergency lock-down drill on Tuesday. Students were made aware of this in School Meeting on Wednesday and a reminder email with the basic process steps will be sent out Monday morning. We will use our Rave notification system to initiate the drill and to then gather everyone together.

[read more] about 12.1.17

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!

[read more] about 11.17.17
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.
[read more] about 11.10.17

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.

[read more] about 11.3.17