Purchase a Yearbook Ad Today!
VI Form Recognition Advertisements
Looking for a way to let your graduating student know you're proud of them? A family interested in celebrating their graduating VI Former can purchase a recognition advertisement here. With this link, you can design and pay for your ad. The cost is $100 for 1/4 page, $200 for 1/2 page, and $400 for a full page. The deadline to complete your ad is January 31. If you experience any issues or have questions about your ad, please contact our Jostens yearbook representative, Chris Spelman.
New Opt-out System for Yearbook Sales
This year, we will use an opt-out system for yearbook sales. If you or your students DOES NOT want a copy of the yearbook, please directly email Ms. Starry Zhu or Ms. Lauren Kelly by January 31. We will also make announcements at School Meeting and remind students via email.
First Semester Closed
Our second grading window, and first semester, closed on Thursday, January 16. Faculty are now at work providing feedback and determining grades. 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.
- Thursday, January 16: Window Two/Semester One closes
- Friday, January 31: Grades available in NetClassroom
Second Semester Add/Drop
Second-semester courses begin on Tuesday, January 21. Students may make changes to semester courses only through the add/drop period, which ends on Friday, January 24. Please be in touch with your student's advisor if you have any questions.
What's up this weekend? Select this link to view this weekend's campus activities.
Admission & Financial Aid News
This is a friendly reminder to all of our returning financial aid families about the application for 2020-2021. The official application deadline for the PFS was January 15. Please complete the PFS as soon as possible and remember to prepare 2019 tax materials for submission to SSS by March 1.
If you have a younger child who is applying to St. Mark's for next year, please remember that both the admission application and interview deadlines are fast approaching. That date for both is Friday, January 31. Thank you!
Opera Trip: Monday, February 3
The annual Opera Trip is taking place on Monday, February 3. Please note that day students need to access Boardingware and have their parents submit the required form to the School. Additionally, students are not allowed to return home for the weekend and meet us in New York City. The trip is down and back on a bus. Students are required to wear chapel dress/dressy clothes. We are excited and look forward to seeing the new staging of Traviata!
Robotics Update: Team 3566
We are nearing the end of our second week of working and have made lots of progress. This week, Field Elements finished working on the trench and the control panel. Both will be used to practice before the final competition. We have finished building the hardware for the drive train, and are working on the software. Both prototypes have been completed and put to the test. Check out our blog here to see our progress. In the upcoming weeks, we hope to fix problems with our current prototypes and edit code that software is working on.
Chilean Exchange Students
The next group of six exchange students and two faculty from Grange School, Santiago, Chile will arrive the afternoon of Monday, January 20, and stay until Saturday, February 15. We are very excited about the arrival of our new guests!
Girls' Varsity Basketball Works with Local 6th Graders
On Saturday afternoon, January 11, the St. Mark's girls' varsity basketball team hosted the local Southborough sixth grade travel basketball team for a special practice. Read More.
Livestreams are available on Saturday, January 18, for both the girls' varsity and boys' varsity hockey games. Games times and the link are listed below:
- 2:30 p.m. - Girls' varsity vs. Cushing
- 4:30 p.m. - Boys' varsity vs. Rivers
*Please note there are subscription fees to stream the game.
Parents' Association News
Casino Night A Big Success
Casino Night was a huge success thanks to the tremendous support from our parents who volunteered to serve as dealers and hosts. Many thanks to Kelly Requadt for assembling and coordinating the event and volunteers. Thanks also to the generous parents who gave items for the raffle.
The Annual Fund now totals $1.42 million, which is 59 percent toward our goal of $2.4 million. Thank you to the 141 families that have already made a gift this year! With just under six months to go this fiscal year, we are confident that with the help of all our parents we can raise the remaining $1 million by June 30. Want to add your name to the donor list? Make your gift online today. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes an impact. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Parent Speaker Series: TOMORROW, January 18, 2020
We hope you'll participate in this opportunity to connect with other parents and discuss topics relevant to St. Mark's students and families.
Note New Location: Center Presentation Room, St. Mark's School
Topic: Wellness, including the challenges students face this time of year (e.g. transitions around holidays and school breaks, first exam periods); resources St. Mark's offers to help students navigate difficulties; and how parents can help.
Speakers: Adria Pavletic, Director of Health Services, Jennifer Taylor, Director of Counseling Services, Carl Corazzini, Director of Wellness
- 9:30 a.m. - Coffee and Connecting.
- 10:00 a.m. - Program, followed by a short Parents' Association meeting led by Parents' Association Co-Chairs Michelle and Tom Davis P'21
For more information, contact Gage Gillis in the Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These events are special opportunities to hear important information and updates about St. Mark's, learn about the student experience and what to anticipate from your student this second half of the year, and a chance to connect with fellow Form parents.
Please note, these events are for parents and guardians only.
Location: Choate House, St. Mark's School
III Form Parent Chat - February 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
RSVP here by January 28.
See the attendee list here.
If you cannot attend, join the livestream here.This chat will also be recorded and shared after the event.
IV Form Parent Chat - February 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
RSVP link coming soon.
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club: Wednesday, February 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Our next book club will be held at St. Mark's in Room 248 of the Center. If you are in the area, please stop by for book discussion, a bit of socializing, and a light snack. We'll discuss Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor.
Read any interesting books lately? If so, we'd love to know the titles, especially if you particularly enjoyed them and would recommend them. Please drop us a line if you have any! Not in the area, but have a suggestion for the group? Book suggestions are always welcome and can be submitted to Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21, '21 at email@example.com or Laurie Kalapinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Parent Phonathon Events
Wednesday, March 25 (the week after spring break)
Thursday, April 16 (Also Giving Day)
This is a great opportunity to encourage fellow parents to participate in the Annual Fund, which provides financial aid and additional support to our athletic teams and academic courses. This year we're hoping to have 92 percent of St. Mark's parents contribute to the Annual Fund.
More information about these important events will come, but for now we're hoping you can save these dates to help us out. For more information email email@example.com.
Lives of Consequence Campaign Bay Area Launch
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.
Lives of Consequence Campaign Boston Area Launch
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Wellesley Country Club, Wellesley, Mass.