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Blessing of the Animals


Lions, dogs, and chinchillas...oh my! Chapel celebrated the Blessing of the Animals today. Thank you to all who brought their furry (and scaly) friends to the blessing. To view more photos, follow us on Instagram or check out our SmugMug photo account.


Parents' Association News


Family Weekend & V Form College Weekend
Friday, Oct. 11 – Saturday. Oct. 12


Parents and guardians of current St. Markers, please join us for our annual Family Weekend & V Form College Weekend! This year we're integrating schedules for an enhanced parent experience.

You'll be able to attend advisor conferences, meet faculty, learn about Chapel, join informational sessions relevant to your student, socialize with fellow parents, hear from Head of School John C. Warren '74, cheer on our teams, and do so much more. See the schedule here.

The weekend kicks off Friday at 1:30 p.m. Families of color and Asian/Asian-American families, please join us at noon Friday for affinity luncheons.

For more information about Family Weekend email the Advancement Office at advancement@stmarksschool.org. Email Maria Galvin at mariagalvin@stmarksschool.org about the V Form College Weekend program.

Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
The November meeting of the St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will be Wednesday, November 6, at St. Mark's School, Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. If you are in the area, please stop by for 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.

Not in the area, but have a book suggestion for the group? Let us know! Contact Joanne Flathers at joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.


College Counseling News


Family Weekend Speaker: Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost?

Anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations are increasing student conditions at many competitive high schools. Most of these schools promote themselves as being committed to students' holistic development in academics, athletics, and the arts, and in their personal, social, and emotional growth. So why are so many students struggling?

On Friday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m. in the Class of '45 Hall in the Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark's will present Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools. Dr. Gleason is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling and consulting services, as well as neuropsychological assessments, within public, independent and international schools. He presents workshops and seminars at schools and at conferences around the world.

Class of 2021 & 2022 | PSAT
The PSAT will be offered on Saturday, October 19. All IV & V Formers are expected to be present unless they have been excused by a college counselor. Start time is 8:00 sharp; students should report by 7:50 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.



Campus News


Dr. Michael Greenwald '02 Kicks Off the 2019-2020 Gray Colloquium
The Gray Colloquium kicked off its year on the theme of "Civil Discourse" with our first speaker, a 2002 St. Mark's alumnus, Dr. Michael Greenwald on Thursday, October 3. Among many other positions, Dr. Greenwald is a Belfer Center for Finance and International Affairs Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, and he specializes in the economics of national security, international finance, sanctions, intelligence, and diplomacy, focusing his expertise on the Gulf/Middle East, Europe, and Africa. He has also worked in a senior role at the United States Treasury and for the White House National Security Council (NSA). While on campus, Dr. Greenwald will be speaking to the school community about his journey from diplomacy to finance, education, and philanthropy.

St. Mark's was happy and proud to have Greenwald back on campus. He visited the Advanced Global Studies class, met with interested students and faculty at a private lunch, and spoke to the entire school community in the afternoon.

To learn more about Dr. Michael Greenwald, select this link.

St. Mark's New Hampshire Primary Club Meets Andrew Yang
On Friday evening, September 27, members of a new St. Mark's student organization—the New Hampshire Primary Club—traveled north to Nashua, New Hampshire, to attend a meet-and-greet with democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Read more about this experience here.


Student-Run GSA Hosts Ally Week at St. Mark's
From September 23 through 27, St. Mark's is taking part in Ally Week, hosted by the School's Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA). The GSA is one of the student-directed Pathways affinity groups at St. Mark's, part of the Community and Equity program.

To learn more about Ally Week, select this link.

Southborough Sounds Returns
Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's will kick off its 2019-2020 season on Sunday, October 6, with a solo recital by internationally acclaimed pianist Ilya Kazantsev. The concert will take place in the near-perfect acoustical environment of the Class of 1945 Hall, Putnam Family Arts Center, on the St. Mark's campus. The 3:30 p.m. concert is preceded by a 2:45 p.m. public lecture about the day's music. At intermission, refreshments will be sold to benefit the St. Mark's Haiti Partnership, a group of students and teachers who raise funds in support of a partner school, St. Marguerite's, in LaTournelle, Haiti.

To learn more, 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 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.

Academic News


As we settle into our academic routines, students are starting to see graded work returned in classes, and an uptick in the number of assessments and projects. We are looking forward to discussing each student's academic progress from our perspectives as teachers and advisors on Family Weekend.

In the meantime, please be mindful that we report cumulative grade information to families following the close of each quarterly marking period, or window. Faculty compose narrative comments to accompany grades at the close of Windows One and Three only. Families will receive a summary of each student's overall life at school in the form of an Advisor letter at the close of each semester (in January and June). Window One will conclude on November 1, with grades and comments posted to the NetClassroom interface on the Parent Portal on November 18.

If you would like to know more about your student's progress in the meantime, please be in touch with the student's advisor. As a school, we believe that the advisor serves an integral function in the life of the student, acting as a coach and the primary communicator with that student's family about that student's progress. The advisor's communication with families is crucial in providing meaningful context, goal-setting, and guidance alongside raw feedback, integrating the information from all parts of a student's life into a meaningful whole.

Chapel News


Voluntary Religious Offerings at St. Mark's:
On Friday morning in Morning Chapel, students were introduced to a number of voluntary spiritual and religious opportunities. We encouraged them to take care of their spiritual health and feel free to kindle their spiritual curiosity as things begin to "get real" in the school year. The opportunities, with student and faculty contacts noted, included:

On campus:
20-minute Wednesday Eucharist/Mass in Belmont Chapel: Charles Brookby
Christian Fellowship Group: Emily Taylor, Laryssa Barbosa
J-Team (Jewish students): Sydni Williams, Jocelyn Cote
Openly Secular Group: Daniella Pozo, Thomas Li

Worship Services and Youth Groups in Walking Distance from campus:
St. Anne's Church (Roman Catholic): Libby and Tommy Flathers Pilgrim Church (Congregational): Tom and Nick Haugen
St. Mark's Church (Episcopal): Ms. Morgan

Rides offered to Worship Services and Fellowship Opportunities on Sundays:
Chapel of the Cross (non denominational, Westborough): Ms. Ames

Greater Framingham Community Church (African-American worship style): Ms. Adams

And...
We are always open to new groups and opportunities if any member of the school community would like to organize and lead them. The Crypt is a popular place for our Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and just generally spiritual students to pray or meditate, either alone or together. The direction to Mecca is marked and there is a prayer rug.

Having a spiritual life and center is very helpful when navigating adolescence--or indeed, life in general! We encourage students to explore these opportunities or to create groups/opportunities of their own.

Confirmation and Baptism at St. Mark's School
Christian confirmation (and baptism) preparation is held on campus beginning in late February. This preparation leads up to a service in our own Belmont Chapel in late April. Students from all grades and denominations are welcome to participate, and it's usually a pretty diverse group in both respects. If you and your child are interested in this program, contact the school's Chaplain, Rev. Barbara Talcott, at barbaratalcott@stmarksschool.org (but there is no big rush, given the start date, and I will remind you again a few times via the newsletter).

Roman Catholic-specific preparation is held at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, walking distance from campus, beginning in September. It leads up to a service in Worcester in late spring. If you and your child are interested in this program, learn more at http://stannesouthborough.org/confirmation-prepara... or you can contact Monica Shay at monica@stannesouthborough.org or 508.485.0141. Students will be excused from school commitments to attend these classes as necessary.


Global News


Through our Program Partner, Envoys, we are pleased to offer three options for programs for international students over the Thanksgiving break who may not be traveling home. This year they are:
  • Skiing in Colorado
  • Environmental Conservation in Baja, California
  • University Life in Boston
Envoys builds in excursions, time for studying and relaxing, group-building activities, and meaningful inquiry around the program themes including visits to NGOs, universities, and opportunities for fun and adventure. Information about the Thanksgiving programs is available here.

Please contact. Dr. Appell-Warren with any questions.


Athletic News


Athlete of the Week: Brendan Gibbons '21
St. Mark's goalkeeper Brendan Gibbons was outstanding all week for the varsity boys' soccer team. The highlight of his week was on Wednesday, when Brendan made 20 saves including a stopped penalty kick to secure the 2-1 win over Brooks.

Team of the Week: Boys' Varsity Soccer
St. Mark's battled three strong opponents last week in Millbrook, Brooks, and Lawrence. The Lions were fortunate enough to grab wins in all three contests with scores of 4-3, 2-1, and 3-0, respectively. Captain Connor Flaherty '20 was superb for St. Mark's with two goals and three assists on the week including a 30-yard screamer on Sunday against Millbrook. The senior midfielder was instrumental in a thrilling come from behind victory. Junior Tom Haugen also played an important role for the Lions as he tallied a goal against Millbrook along with a drawn penalty kick against Brooks before slotting in the game-winner in the 84th minute.

Alumni in the News: Caroline Dawson '19
Caroline Dawson, a freshman at Hamilton College, scored one goal and added an assist last week for the Continentals. On September 21, against nationally ranked Middlebury, the Continentals took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute after Dawson raced uncontested into the left side of the penalty box and delivered a centering pass to her teammate for the goal. The game resulted in a 1-1 double overtime draw. Last Saturday, Dawson scored a goal in her team's 5-1 win over Colby. While at St. Mark's, Caroline was a three-sport varsity athlete in soccer, squash, and lacrosse. She was awarded the Fearing Prize in her senior year and was a three-time First Team All-ISL selection in soccer.

Highlights:
  • Girls' varsity soccer defeated Lawrence 2-0.
  • Boys' varsity soccer defeated Millbrook 4-3, Brooks 2-1, and Lawrence 3-0.
  • Varsity field hockey defeated Brooks 1-0 and Lawrence 1-0.
  • Girls' JV soccer defeated Brooks 4-0 and Lawrence 5-1.
  • Boys' 3rds soccer tied Pomfret 1-1 and tied Lawrence 1-1.
  • Girls' 3rds soccer defeated Lawrence 3-1.
  • JV field hockey defeated Brooks 3-0.
  • Boys' JV soccer tied Brooks 3-3.
  • Girls' JV cross country defeated Milton 27-30 and Thayer 15-50.
  • Boys' JV cross country defeated Milton 15-50, Thayer 15-50, and Middlesex 26-29.
  • Boys' varsity cross country defeated Milton 20-41 and Thayer 15-50.


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.



Dean of Students Office News


Boardingware Student Sign In/Out
The academic year is underway, and life is busy. For that reason, we are sharing reminders about how to best communicate with St. Mark's regarding times when your child needs to be away from school.

Important Notes for Review:
  1. If you have not received this email invitation to Boardingware, please check your spam folder and then contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance. Returning families may use the same username and password from previous years.
  2. Please take a moment to review this Boardingware Reminders document.
  3. If your child needs to be away for medical reasons please contact Health Services directly at 508.786.6373.
  4. Please be sure to complete Overnight Permissions by 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. If it is necessary to request an overnight after the Friday 3:00 p.m. deadline, you must contact the Administrator on Duty at 508.380.8667.
Anytime a boarding student leaves campus in a car, even with parents or an advisor, we ask that students go through the proper sign out procedure. Students need to get permission from a faculty member to leave, check their riding permission status, and sign out properly using Boardingware. We truly appreciate your support in this matter. When in doubt, sign out!

If you are requesting special permission to miss a school commitment, we ask that you give us a number of days heads up to complete the process. All special permissions should be emailed to deanofstudents@stmarksschool.org or to Ms. Stacey Lee. Thank you for your help with these deadlines.

RAVE Alert Notification System Test
All emergency contacts provided to us in this year's Family Information Form (FIF) should have received our test message from our RAVE Alert Notification System via text and/or email. If you did not receive the RAVE Alert on Friday, September 27, or if have any changes to your emergency contact information, please be sure to contact Ms. LaFreniere as soon as possible.



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. (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. (Neil Cifuentes)