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Support Alumni at the Head of the Charles this Weekend!


October Head's Reflection


The October Head's Reflection from John C. Warren '74, titled, Experiential Learning: An Essential Part of a St. Mark's Education, is available online today. Select this link to read more.

Campus News


St. Mark's Hosts Successful Family Weekend This year's St. Mark's Family Weekend was most successful, as parents and other family members of students flocked to campus for a series of special events. To read more, select this link.

X-Country, Field Hockey, Girls' Soccer All Strong at Mid-Season
St. Mark's cross country, field hockey, and girls' soccer programs all are looking strong at the halfway point of the 2019 fall season. Read more about sports at midseason here.

Gray Colloquium - Bishop Alan Gates
The Right Reverend Bishop Alan Gates, the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, visited campus as part of the Gray Colloquium speaker series on civil discourse. Students have generated questions to ask Bishop Gates about how to keep faith in an increasingly secular world, how to maintain civil discourse with those with whom you disagree, and more. To learn more about Gray Colloquium, select this link.

School Photos: A Note from Coffee Pond
Dear St. Mark's Families,

We hope you had a great summer and we look forward to taking your child's school pictures and senior portraits ($18) on Tuesday, October 22. Below is important information that will give you access to your child's portrait.

Our E/Proof program will notify you via email when your child's proofs are ready to be viewed online. When you receive the email with a private password you can go directly to our company's secure website www.coffeepond.com to place your order on-line. Coffee Pond accepts all major credit cards.

Please be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from lifeguards@coffeepond.com.

Should you not receive your child's password within a few weeks after picture day, please be sure to contact our Customer Care department at: lifeguards@coffeepond.com or by phone at 800-632-2323 x0.

Weekend Activities


What's up this weekend? Follow this link to learn more about the happenings on campus this Saturday and Sunday. You can also view this information by viewing our story on Instagram.

Athletic News


Co-Team of the Week: Boys' Thirds Soccer
On October 2, the boys' thirds soccer team defeated Milton Academy 4-1. Sophomore goalie Sahil Gupta was the team's backbone defensively, making clutch saves throughout the game. Nav Sahani '23, Arjun Yerabothu '23, Sully Sun '23, and Jake Verny '22 also played terrific defensive, holding a tough Milton team to just one goal. Offensively, Ethan Karabanow '22 led the way for the Lions with two goals. Jimmy Lyver '23 and Ryan Krantz '23 added a goal apiece. The Lions are currently undefeated, earning 1-1 ties against Lawrence Academy and Pomfret School earlier this season.

Co-Team of the Week: Varsity Field Hockey
Over the last two weeks, varsity field hockey has gone 4-0, including three wins over ISL teams. As of October 17, they remain the last undefeated team in ISL play. On Wednesday, October 2, the Lions faced a tough BB&N squad, and they battled to a 3-2 win. The team had a quick turnaround as they faced Cushing two days later. The Lions defeated the Penguins 2-0. In the win, the Lions relied heavily on the strong defensive play of senior co-captain, Charlotte Galusza. Lydia Rascher '20 earned the shutout in net. After Cushing, the team enjoyed two days off before squaring off against ISL heavyweight, Nobles. Nobles had a talented team that played at a quick pace, but the Lions edged them out 3-2. The team had big performances from Catie Summers '21, who did a spectacular job transitioning the ball up the field, and Madison Michals '21, who had two goals. The Lions wrapped up a busy two weeks with a 4-0 win over St. George's on Saturday, October 12. It was a full team win, with every player making significant contributions. Phoebe Macleod '20 scored the first goal of the game, and Madison Michals had a natural hat-trick. Molly Lefebvre '23 was awarded the game ball after the win. Lydia Rascher and Helen Huang '20 were flawless in net for the Lions.

Player of the Week: Katie Mao '22
Katie Mao is an impenetrable force and a WALL on defense for the JV girls' soccer squad. While she has played particularly well the last two games against Milton and St. George's, Katie has been consistent, reliable, and tenacious in every practice and game this season. Katie is one of the team's most physical players, and she isn't afraid of heading the ball and competing for 50/50 balls in the air. Moreover, Katie understands how to use her body to push offenders to the outside in order to force the other team to make a mistake. Most recently, she has improved in playing the ball to feet, and she is gaining confidence in her dribbling skills to take players on 1 vs 1. Katie has improved tremendously this season, and her coaches and teammates feel lucky to have her on their team.

Alum in the News: Hailey DuBose '18
On Thursday, October 3, the UMass Lowell Riverhawks defeated the UMaine Black Bears 2-1. The victory was their first America East Conference win of the season and their first win over UMaine in six years. Hailey DuBose '18 was the heroine for the Riverhawks, as she scored the game-winning goal in the 38th minute. DuBose received a pass from a teammate, and she took off down the right side of the field, beating a defender, and pushing the ball past the keeper and into the back-left corner of the net. This was DuBose's first collegiate goal. So far this season, DuBose has started in seven games for the Riverhawks, and she has racked up 532 minutes on the field. While at St. Mark's DuBose was a four-year member of the Girls' Varsity Soccer and Girls' Varsity Basketball teams. She was the captain of the soccer team during her junior and senior year, and she was the captain of the basketball team during her senior year. DuBose was a three-time All ISL selection.

Highlights
  • Varsity field hockey defeated BB&N 3-2, Cushing 2-1, Nobles 3-2, and St. George's 4-0.
  • Varsity girls' soccer defeated Cushing 4-1, tied Nobles 2-2, and tied St. George's 1-1.
  • Varsity boys' soccer defeated St. George's 3-2.
  • Varsity boys' cross country defeated Brooks 15-50, BB&N 17-46, Nobles 19-41, and Governor's 16-46.
  • Varsity girls' cross country defeated Brooks 19-39, BB&N 27-28, and Governor's 15-48.
  • Boys' III soccer defeated Milton 4-1.
  • JV field hockey defeated BB&N 2-0 and tied Nobles 2-2.
  • JV girls' soccer defeated Nobles 6-2 and St. George's 6-0.
  • JV girls' cross country defeated Brooks and Governor's 15-50.
  • JV boys' cross country defeated Brooks, Nobles, BB&N, and Governor's 15-50.


Admission News


Parlor Volunteers Needed
We have a particularly busy week coming up for Admission next week and we would love to have several more volunteers in the parlor.

Our goal is to have one or two parents in the parlor per interview slot to talk about the School from a parent's point of view. It is a fun and easy way to build community and is greatly appreciated. We all remember being that nervous parent. Seeing a friendly smile, having someone who can talk about recent orientation, what our students are up to, and what we liked about the School when our kids were interviewing all add to the special community feeling that St. Mark's is known for.

Coverage is generally needed in two-hour blocks between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Just email fellow parent Marisa Macri at marisamacri@comcast.net if you are available to help. She will be emailing volunteers throughout the admission season with information about when assistance is needed, along with the link to sign-up. You can also sign-up at this link.

Volunteering with the Admission Office makes such a difference to the School and provides a great opportunity to feel engaged in our community. Thank you all in advance for your time, and see you in the Parlor!

College Counseling News


Classes of 2021 and 2022 | PSAT
The PSAT will be offered this Saturday, October 19. All IV and V Formers are expected to be present unless they have been excused by a college counselor. The start time is 8:00 a.m. sharp; students should report by 7:50 a.m. so we can get started on time. IV Formers should report to Elkins Gym. V Formers should report to the MFAC. Students are already registered. No. 2 pencils, calculators, some water, and perhaps a snack (please no peanut-based snacks) are all that is required. Students will receive a copy of the PSAT bulletin. Details about the test, including sample questions and other specifics about test day, are included. Additional information can also be found at this link.

Global News


Thanksgiving, Spring Break, and Summer Global Program Deadlines Approaching
  • Now | Thanksgiving Programs - Please sign up with Mary Ann Ciampa or Laura Appell-Warren if you are interested in any of the Thanksgiving program options
  • October 20 | Spring Break - Application deadline for travel programs to Paris, Peru, and Belize are due
  • January 15 | Summer Programs - Application deadline for summer programs to Spane, Chile, Australia, Chaina, and Germany
Please contact Mary Ann Ciampa or Laura Appell-Warren with any questions. More information on these travel programs can be found here.

Dean of Students Office News


A Message from David R. Vachris, Dean of Students
Family Weekend was a successful community event. Thank you to everyone who took the time to be with us here in Southborough either physically or in spirit. On the playing fields, the Lions were victorious in many of their contests and the long weekend provided a much-needed respite as we get ready for the end of the academic Window, Trustee Weekend, and the early college application deadlines. Age Quod Agis!

David R. Vachris
Dean of Students

Boardingware & Weekend Requests
Now that we are well into the year we want to thank our families for consistent use of Boardingware. When your child is away from school we work to ensure all Faculty and Staff that need to know are aware of their time away. On a daily basis this is simply important communication and should there be an emergency this is critical as we need to know our students are safe and accounted for.

Because the information communicated via Boardingware is critical to school life we do hold students accountable should they fail to sign in or out properly. Students who leave for Overnights or Special Permissions without an approved Boardingware request earn a Sunday work detail and loss of weekend privileges. This means that on a weekend where a students is serving a work detail they are not allowed Saturday overnights.

Along these same lines we would like to remind you that students that sign in to their parent/guardian Boardingware accounts and approve leave requests will be held responsible for dishonesty/forgery through the Student Discipline Committee process. Not only does Boardingware help us to communicate information to school adults it also provides us the comfort of knowing families approve of their child's plans. For this reason we ask that you always approve your child's request and do not ask them to log in to your account for any reason.

Parent Traps
A reminder about being careful about potentially falling into one of the seven parent traps that were discussed at Parent Orientation. While October is always a busy month, all of us need to be wary of the "shining knight," "dump truck," "not my kid," and "exceptions" parent traps. Thanks!

Vacation Transportation 2019-2020


$100 each way to Connecticut/N.Y.
$35 each way to Logan Airport (charged to Lion Card)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Connecticut/New York Bus
12:30 p.m. departure (Chaperone: Marion Donovan)
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 12:30 p.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 2:30 p.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 4:30 p.m. The bus will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 6:15 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Minivan to Logan Airport
12:30 p.m. departure from Athletic Center (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Return to St. Mark's
A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., next stopping on1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Minivan pickup from Logan airport 6:00 p.m. (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Connecticut/New York Bus
9:00 a.m. departure (Chaperone: Marion Donovan)
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 a.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 p.m. It will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Minivan to Logan airport
9:00 a.m. departure from Athletic Center (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Return to St. Mark's
Connecticut/New York Bus (Chaperone: Neil Ciefuentes)
A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., next stopping on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m. Minivan pickup at Logan airport 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

Connecticut/New York Bus
9:00 a.m. departure
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 a.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 p.m. It will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Minivan to Logan airport
9:00 a.m. departure from Athletic Center

Monday, March 23

Return to St. Mark's

A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., stopping on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Minivan pickup from Logan airport
6:00 p.m. (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Parents Association News


Phonathon Volunteers Needed - October 21
We still need volunteers to call Form parents and encourage them to participate in the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund helps provide financial aid and the additional support needed for our athletic teams and academic courses. This year we're hoping to hit an all-time high by having 92 percent of St. Mark's parents contribute to the Annual Fund, and the phonathon is vital to helping us reach that goal. We'll meet at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Mark's Faculty Room. Dinner and adult beverages will be served, and there might even be prizes from the St. Mark's bookstore! Plus, you'll have a chance to help your Form compete for the Lion's Pride Award, which is displayed in the Admissions foyer. For more information email advancement@stmarksschool.org.

Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club - November 6
Our next meeting will be November 6, at St. Mark's School, Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Please stop by for our book discussion, a bit of socializing, and light snacks.

We will discuss The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil. At the end of this meeting we'll choose the next book title for our December meeting. If you have a book suggestion for the group or would like to be added to our email list, contact Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21, '21 at joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski, Admission Coordinator, at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.

IV Form Potluck - November 22
Larry and Gwen Bloch will host a potluck for the IV Form parents on November 22 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. Look for more details and an RSVP link in the coming weeks. The Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. We are seeking parents in Forms III, V and VI who could host a fall potluck gathering at their home. If you enjoy connecting with other parents and live relatively close to Southborough, please consider hosting a future gathering of 'your' Form. Please contact Michelle Davis at St.MarksPA@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer.