Deans' Weekly Highlights:
- Community & Equity/Gray Day
- Casino Night Success
- Close of Semester One
- John Warren's Chapel Talk - Military Service: A Long and Proud Tradition
- Parent Speaker Series - Tomorrow!
Casino Night Success
Wow, Casino Night was a huge success! Thank you for the tremendous support from our parents volunteering who served as dealers and hosts for the evening. Many thanks to Kelly Requadt and Camilla King for their 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 2019!
January Head's Reflection
On Thursday, January 3, Head of School, John Warren spoke at morning Chapel. His talk, St. Markers in Military Service: A Long and Proud Tradition, focuses on the many accounts of leadership and service which exist as a part of St. Mark's history. Check out his reflection here.
Close of Semester One
The close of Semester One is a fast approaching. With the close of a term, we traditionally see an uptick in workloads and stress, and remind students to make good use of their advisors, teachers, peer tutors, prefects, and the wealth of other support resources that they have available to them here on campus.
Below is the schedule for the upcoming grading period and the availability of grades in Parent Portal. As a reminder, faculty compose narrative comments to accompany grades at the close of Window One and Window Three, and advisor letters as a summative report of student progress at the close of Semester One and Semester Two.
Friday, January 18: Window 2 Closes
Monday, January 28: Grades available in NetClassroom
Advisor letters will again be delivered electronically. More information about access to advisor letters is forthcoming, with an anticipated delivery date in early February.
Second Semester Add/Drop
The add/drop period for second semester courses ends on Friday, January 25. Please be in touch with your student's advisor if you have any questions.
For those planning ahead, Lion Term 2019 kicks off on Wednesday, May 22! Looking for more information about this unique academic program? Check out the Lion Term website! Go Lion Term!
A heartfelt thank you for the tremendous support of the St. Marguerite's Partnership on Wednesday! Our "Play for Haiti Day" raised close to $2,000, which will go directly to support the teacher salaries at St. Marguerite's. We also collected lots of school supplies! If you still have some that you would like to drop off, please bring them to my office or to Ms. McColloch's classroom.
Yearbook News: (for VI form Parents)
On December 31, parents should have received an email from Katharine Millet regarding patron pages (aka grad ads) for the yearbook. Please consider contributing a page or fractional page to celebrate your graduating VI Former and to keep the cost of the yearbook low! Thank you!
We are asking students and parents to adhere to our Food Ordering Guidelines linked here. Thank you for your help
- No orders that go through UberEats, DoorDash, or GrubHub to campus. This is a safety and security issue.
- Grocery store deliveries such as Whole Foods and Roche Bros. orders need to be delivered during SM business hours. No late afternoon or evening deliveries, please.
- Food orders should only be placed with SM approved vendors list and during the appropriate time.
If your child is interested in the travel program to Uganda, they should be in touch with Dr. Warren as soon as possible. We are looking for 14 students to sign up by Tuesday January 15 to make this program happen! If you want more information, feel free to contact Dr. Warren or Ms Zhu, or go to the Embrace Kulture website to check out the attached itinerary.
Is your child interested in seeing the Great Wall and the in visiting the Forbidden City? St. Mark's will offer a 12-day trip to Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou departing on June 9. While in Beijing, your child will visit our partner school, the Dandelion School, a middle school that is specifically serves the children of the migrant workers in Beijing, and visit the historical sites in and around Beijing. Students will then travel to Shanghai to enjoy the contrast of a very modern city. The city of Suzhou is known for its canals, bridges, and beautiful gardens. Interested!? Questions? Contact Dr. Warren or Ms. Fu by February 1.
We are very excited for the next group of six exchange students and two faculty from Grange School, Santiago, Chile, who will arrive the afternoon of January 21 and stay until February 15. Get ready to welcome: Benjamin Wertheim Tapia, Benjamin Chan, Josefina Perez, Mariana Gatica, Maria Fernanda Retamal, and Sofia Cecila Ali-Shah.
Co-Teams of the Week
Leading into Winter Break, girls' varsity basketball and boys' varsity hockey won their respective holiday tournaments. Girls' varsity basketball traveled to Pingree for the Pingree Tournament. In their first game, the Lions played an athletic team from Redemption Christian Academy. Down 0-9 to start the game, St. Mark's fought their way back through hard work, discipline, and solid defense. The second half remained close, but the team held RCA to just 12 points to earn the victory.
On Saturday, in the championship game, St. Mark's battled with a strong Pingree team for the entire 32 minutes. In a back-and-forth game, St. Mark's found themselves down by eight points late in the second half. Brooke Farrell '21 hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 1:04 remaining on the clock, and after a Pingree foul, Farrell sealed the win for the Lions with a free throw. Ava Limonciello '20 and Teresa Meyer '19 were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Meanwhile, the boys' varsity hockey team was on campus participating in the 48th Barber Tournament. Throughout the weekend, the team had wins over Worcester Academy, Vermont Academy, and ISL foe Middlesex. In the final against Middlesex, Jackson Coutu '21 scored the lone goal, and Alex Cardonick '19 posted the first shutout of the season to help the team secure their third Barber Tournament Championship in the last five years.
Alumni in the News
Jess Adams '17 and the Elmira College Soaring Eagles women's hockey team are currently ranked #1 in the nation in the D3hockey.com poll and #3 in the nation in the USCHO poll. The jump in the polls comes after the Soaring Eagles won the East-West Hockey Classic hosted by Norwich Academy. In the tournament, Elmira defeated Norwich (formerly ranked #3) and Plattsburg (formerly ranked #1). So far this season, Adams has one goal and four assists for five points. Her goal, which was scored against Neumann University, was a shorthanded goal. Adams is also a +4 on the season and has 19 shots on net. Elmira will defend its newly awarded No. 1 ranking this weekend against Manhattanville. While at St. Mark's, Adams was a member of the varsity soccer, hockey, and softball programs.
- GV hockey beat Milton 4-3 (OT), Westminster 2-1, and Governor's 2-1. They also tied Worcester Academy 2-2.
- GV basketball defeated Redemption Christian Academy 40-33 and Pingree 31-30.
- B3 basketball defeated St. George's 27-25.
- BV hockey defeated Worcester Academy 4-2, Vermont Academy 3-2, and Middlesex School 1-0.
- GJV hockey defeated Governor's 4-1.
- GJV squash defeated Milton 4-3.
Parents Association News
Parent Speaker Series TOMORROW!
Please join us TOMORROW, Saturday, January 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hinkle Room for 2019's first Parent Speaker Series Meeting, featuring Sarah Eslick, director of academic support/associate director of the Center. Sarah will speak about the academic support services provided to SM students. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and connecting, with the program starting at 10:00 a.m. If you are unable to join us on campus, please save this link to watch the program via livestream at 10:00 a.m.
Thank you to all of the families that have contributed to the Annual Fund so far this fiscal year! 44 percent of all current parents have made St. Mark's a part of your philanthropy this year, and we hope that number will grow to at least 90 percent by June 30. Your gift, of any size, is a vote of confidence in the School and a signal of appreciation for our children's exceptional St. Mark's experience. Please consider making a gift online today.
Parent Chats with Head of School John C. Warren '74
III and IV Form parents received an invitation in your email inbox this week to attend a luncheon gathering at Choate House with Mr. Warren and other parents in your Form. We hope you will join us for this opportunity to hear important information and updates from the Head of School while building community with fellow parents.
- III Form Parent Chat - Saturday, February 2, noon - CLICK HERE to RSVP online
- IV Form Parent Chat - Saturday, February 9. noon - CLICK HERE to RSVP online
The Parents' Association helps to organize parent potlucks for each Form once or twice a year. We are seeking a host for a VI Form Parent Potluck in January or February. Please email Camilla King with questions or to volunteer!
THANK YOU to all of the parents who volunteered for Casino Night. The kids loved having you participate! And special thanks to all of the families who contributed prizes for the event. Lastly, thank you to the Casino Night Chair Kelly Requadt for organizing such a memorable community event.
The February meeting of the St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will take place at St. Mark's School on Wednesday, February 6, in Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. No pre-registration necessary and all SM community members are welcome.
The February book title is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann. "A true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history." For more information about this title, select this link.
Book title suggestions are always welcome and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com anytime.
January 11-13 - Weekend Activities
Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King Day: There are no classes on Monday, January 21, and students who take a weekend overnight (only after their last commitment) are expected to be back in the House on Monday by 7:00 p.m. (there may be varsity practices in the afternoon). With the "sleep-in" extended weekend, we remind parents of the importance of participating in the athletic contests that afternoon. Thank you!
Friday, January 25: We are hosting our Distinguished Alumni Celebration at 6:00 p.m. This is a required evening event for the SM community. More information to follow. Chapel dress.
Thursday, January 31: Seated Meal and Evening Chapel
February 2: Wick Festival: Mark your calendar! We will be hosting our annual Wick Choral Festival on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m in the Putnam Family Arts Center. It is free and open to all! Performers this year include our own Marksmen and Royal Blues! More info information to follow.