Dear St. Mark's Community,
Dear Parents, Student leaders, preseason athletes, new students and their families returned to campus earlier this week.Returning students will make their way to campus today and we will be working toward getting everyone ready to start classes Saturday morning. The week has been very busy for our new students with orientation activities, and our student leaders have been supportive and helpful. On Thursday, the Monitors sponsored a pool party so that all could cool off during a hot and humid week. This evening, we will host our Convocation ceremony, which denotes and celebrates the official opening of the academic year. Saturday, all classes will meet in a special schedule.
We hope to see you Saturday (9/8) at our first Parent Speaker Series
meeting of the 2018-2019 year! Light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the program at 1:00 p.m. and a short Parents' Association meeting. September's topic is "Fun in the Fall at St. Mark's," and our panel includes John Levandowski (Director of Athletics), David Vachris (Dean of Students), and James Wallace (Chair of the Arts Department). You'll also hear from Co-Chairs of the PA, Camilla and David King P'18, '20, and will have the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will be livestreamed beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m. (Select this link to join the livestream
.) The recording will also be made available online after the event for those unable to attend in person or watch live.
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 Dean's Office and the Front Desk sign-out sheet. This Saturday after our all-school cookout with Mr. and Dr. Warren at Choate House, mentalist Jon Stetson will mesmerize the crowd with his unique talents. We will be sponsoring an outdoor movie and pool party as well. Also this weekend, Ms. Kosow will be highlighting the Patriots Game (she is a big fan) on Sunday with a nacho bar, and we will be sponsoring off-campus trips to Target, the Natick Mall, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and more! Students should sign up in the Dean's 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 day students stay or come back to campus on Saturday evening for the main event (if they can).
All the Best,
David R. Vachris
Dean of Students