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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,
Woohooo! It's June, the VI Formers have graduated, the underformers have left campus, end of year faculty meetings are over and I am writing my last newsletter for the 2017-18 academic year. I like to say things are quiet on campus, but with the work with the Athletic Center and the Small Dining Room already started – there is some noise going on. Nevertheless, it is relatively quiet!
It was a wonderful day on Prize Day! The Class of 2018 has matriculated and is moving on! Baccalaureate, the Spring Concert, and the Athletic Awards all went well on Friday as well. Phew! Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
[read more] about 6.15.18

Dear Parents,

Prize Day Weekend is here ... time to celebrate the graduates of the Class 2018! While we have had a very positive academic year in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in the arts, the VI Formers are definitely ready for the upcoming Prize Day celebrations. Who can blame them—we are thankful for this year and Prize Day should be an exciting and fun celebratory experience! Go Lions!

This is a Prize Day Deans' Weekly edition. A little shorter than usual, with a follow-up summer edition!

On Thursday, more than 100 St. Markers, chaperones, and guests enjoyed the annual VI Form Dance. Celebration began on the Thieriot House lawn on Thursday afternoon, when sharply dressed St. Markers gathered with family, friends, and faculty for photographs. From there, buses took everyone to Boston Harbor to board the Odyssey where the main event—dinner and dancing—was appreciated by all. The harbor was beautiful and the weather was spot on! Students came back to campus for roller skating in Elkins Gym, fire pits and s'mores in the Athletic Quad, and more snacks and conversations. Check out the pictures here!

[read more] about 6.8.18
Dear Parents,

Happy June! The second week of Lion Term is almost complete, and we are looking forward to finishing our experiential courses and at the same time welcoming many of the VI Formers back on to campus on Wednesday. Lion Term has been full with the III Form hike up Monadnock Mountain, food trucks on campus, off-campus visits, community service, and much more! It's been a good week—thank you Ms. McColloch! Next week is full of commencement events and Lion Term culminating projects. Prize Day is a week away—very exciting!

Check out the Lions Roam blog for news from Iceland.

Looking for Prize Day and VI Form Dance information? – click here. If you need further information, please contact Marissa Papazian in the Head of School's Office or Karen Bryant who help coordinate Prize activities.
[read more] about 6.1.18

Dear Parents,

Lion Term has begun! Reunion has passed! Lions Roam to Iceland are away! Last week of spring athletics with Groton Games today and tomorrow! A great concert last Tuesday! VI Formers went to the Pawtucket Red Sox game! It's Memorial Day Weekend with no classes on Monday!

Looking for Prize Day and VI Form Dance information? – click here. If you need further information, please contact Marissa Papazian in the Head of School's Office or Karen Bryant who help coordinate Prize activities.

[read more] about 5.25.18

Dear Parents,

Assessments, final projects, the last day of SMSaturdays, athletic contests, One Acts and the SM Alumni Reunion are all coming to a head this week—things are definitely busy at this point in mid-May!

You should know that at this point, all VI Formers have been placed on a "probationary-like" status until after Prize Day. Any Level I, II, or III rule violation may jeopardize their privilege of marching at Prize Day and/or possibly graduating from St. Mark's. If you have a VI Form student, please help him or her keep their eyes on the prize...which is Prize Day! We want everyone to have a wonderful few weeks culminating in receiving their SM diplomas.

Please refer to the Prize Day website for information about the upcoming celebration.

[read more] about 5.18.18

Dear Parents,

It's the middle of May, and we continue the good work of educating students in the classrooms and on the fields and there is plenty to do and to celebrate. Prize Day is less than a month away. Happy Mothers' Day to all of our St. Mark's moms! Thank you for all that you do!

[read more] about 5.11.18
Happy May! Thank you to all the parents who came to the Parents' Association Speaker Series on Saturday, April 28th to hear the Director of St. Mark's Saturdays, Katharine Millet, speak about the program. You can view all of the new course offerings [click here] and speak with your child about his/her selections for 2018-2019!

A great night of entertainment on the docket for tonight to support or Haiti partnership !Broadway Nights - Class of '51 Lobby 7:30pm - 9:30 pm Friday and Saturday! Also tonight from The Center an Educator Meet-Up Talk Over Tapas - Choate 6:00 - 8:00.
Don't forget that we have the Cum Laude Dinner on Tuesday May 8th 6:00 pm (by invitation) Hinkle Room which is then followed by the all school Cum Laude service at 7:00 pm in the PFAC - Required for all and chapel dress.
Pre-VI Form Dance Photo Opportunity on Thursday, June 7th. Picture taking and students send-off will take place at 4:15-5:15 in the Thieriot House Quad.
[read more] about 5.4.18
Dear Parents,
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the parents who made Faculty Staff Appreciation Day such a success. It was a wonderful event and everyone in the SM family is so grateful. Thank you for your generosity and for the large amount of hard work that went into organizing this faculty/staff awesome event! It's definitely one of my favorite days at SM! [read more]

Some important dates coming up:

  • III Form Parents: May 1 at 7pm is the annual infectious disease project. Please join us in Taft to see what the students have learned!
  • One Acts changing from this weekend to Wednesday, May 16 & Friday, May 18
  • Pre-VI Form Dance Photo Opportunity on Thursday, June 7th. Picture taking and students send-off will take place at 4:15-5:15 in the VI Form Quad.
  • Lion Term is coming soon: check out the micro-site for more information about this upcoming educational opportunity! [read more]

[read more] about 4.27.18

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