Offices & Resources

Deans' Weekly

Happy Holidays!



All of us in the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Communications and Marketing (Dave, Mallory, Caleb, Sue, Sandra, Nick, Stacey, Sarah, Leah, and Caitlin) want to wish you all the best to you and your families during this holiday season!


Academic News


Reminder: Window 2 Closes January 18
As we end our Assessment Week and head into Winter Break, be reminded that Window 2 closes on Friday, January 18. Please also be reminded that faculty record grades at the Window 2 checkpoint, but do not compose narrative comments. Each advisor will be writing an Advisor Letter that provides a comprehensive look at each student's experience at school. More details on Advisor Letters will follow the close of the window.
  • Friday, January 18 Window 2 Closes
  • Monday, January 28 Grades available in NetClassroom

St. Mark's Saturdays
The winter season of St. Mark's Saturdays will begin on Saturday, January 6! We had a great fall season of courses, and are excited for the intellectually vibrant programming that will engage the community this winter. Students should check in with their advisors if they are not sure what course they are enrolled in! Please note the following dates for winter St. Mark's Saturdays course meetings: January 5, January 12, January 26, February 2, February 9, February 23, and March 2.


Campus News



The EXAM BAKE was a big hit (once again)!
A big thank you to all of the parents who made the Exam Bake such a success! The students loved the break from studying and really enjoyed the spread of wonderful treats you provided. A great (if not tasty!) St. Mark's tradition.

Annual Puppy Pet Event Highlights Assessment Week
On Wednesday, December 18, the St. Mark's Wellness program sponsored the 4th annual Puppy Pet. Dogs belonging to faculty, staff, families, and other members of the St. Mark's community gathered on the Athletic Quad, where they were greeted by students taking a break during Assessment Week. Read More.

SM Global Citizenship and Educate Lanka: Virtual GCI
From December 15 through December 18, St. Mark's participated in a virtual Global Citizenship Institute collaboration with the NGO Educate Lanka. Read More.

Lights, Ornaments, Music, Santa: St. Mark's Celebrates the Holidays
The holiday season at St. Mark's is filled with wonderful traditions and celebrations. Read More.

Traditional Service of Lessons & Carols in Belmont Chapel
This past week, St. Mark's held its annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Thursday evening, December 12, and again on Sunday afternoon, December 15. The service is considered a traditional Christmas event at many (if not all) Episcopal boarding schools, as well as numerous colleges and churches around the world. Learn More.

St. Mark's Grads in College Fall Sports Action
As many as 75 St. Mark's graduates are currently active in college and university athletics, and more than 30 of them participated in sports this fall. Read More.


Chaplain News


Confirmation
Is your son or daughter Interested in confirmation? The Chaplaincy at St. Mark's School offers preparation for confirmation and/or baptism beginning at the end of February and ending in April. These sessions are held once a week on campus and do not require any additional outside work. Students do not have to be sure they want to be confirmed in order to join us; they are more than welcome to make up their minds at any time along the way. At the end, we will hold a celebratory service of baptism and confirmation in our own Belmont Chapel. It will be followed by a reception at Choate House, and families and friends are warmly invited to join us!

If you are interested in any part of this program, please contact the Rev. Barbara Talcott, School chaplain, at barbaratalcott@stmarksschool.org or 508-786-6186. If you would like your son or daughter to be prepared and confirmed specifically in the Roman Catholic tradition, the program at the Roman Catholic Church in town, St. Anne's, is already well underway for this year. It will be offered again next year, beginning at the start of school.


Dean of Students Office News


Time to Update Contact Information!
If you have changed your email address or purchased a new phone, please be sure to update your information on Boardingware and with the School database. With Boardingware, you can complete any and all updates via your account. With the school's database, please reach out to Ms. Sue LaFreniere in the Deans' Office.

Lion Card Account Balance
In the same way, please check your child's Lion Card account balance. Parents are encouraged to check their child's incidental account over the break. Whether it is to replenish the account balance or to put limits on usage, we ask parents to update their accounts so that students are able to use their card in the new year. With the new semester right around the corner, some students may need to purchase new books and school supplies, and an updated Lion' Card will help with that process. Thank you!

Drones
Because of safety concerns, we ask that students do not return to campus with drones, hoverboards, or other motorized items after the holidays. Thank you for your support.



Parents' Association News


Annual Fund
As we prepare for the end of the calendar year here at St. Mark's, we'd like to thank all of the parents and guardians who have supported the Annual Fund so far this year. Your support makes a real and immediate impact on the programs and resources at St. Mark's!

Our overall participation goal for all parent giving is 92 percent. So far the parent giving rate is about 32 percent, but we know we can accomplish our goal with everyone's support.

Here are the current giving totals per Form:
III Form: $145,310
IV Form: $130,900
V Form: $140,087
VI Form: $72,516

If you've been meaning to give a gift to the Annual Fund before the end of the year, you can do so here.

However you give, please know how grateful all of us at the School are by the consistent support from alumni, parents, and friends.

Exam Bake: Thank You!
A big thank you to all of the parents who made the Exam Bake such a success! The students loved the break from tests and studying and really enjoyed the spread of wonderful treats you provided.

Amazon Smile
Support St. Mark's through purchases you make on Amazon! Every time you buy something through smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation contributes a percentage of the sale to St. Mark's. Select St. Mark's by visiting smile.amazon.com, then select "Accounts & Lists" and "Your AmazonSmile." Then search for St. Mark's School of Southborough. Remember to bookmark and use smile.amazon.com for all of your Amazon purchases going forward. Thank you!

Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club: January 8, 2020, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Our next book club will be 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, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.

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 joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.

Casino Night: January 11, 2020, 8:00-10:30 p.m.
Join us for one of the most memorable events of the year! This is an exciting night for our students, but we can't make it a success without your help.

Gift baskets, donations for prizes, and cash donations to help purchase items for the event and the gift baskets are needed and greatly appreciated.

Mail or drop off your donations to Caitlin Kosow (caitlinkosow@stmarksschool.org) at St. Mark's School, 25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772. Contact Casino Night Chair, Kelly Requadt, at kellyrequadt@yahoo.com for more information about helping out. Thanks for your support!

Parent Speaker Series: January 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
Our discussion will focus on wellness, and includes; the challenges students (especially new students) face this time of year (e.g. transitions around holidays and school breaks especially for boarders, first exam periods, the novelty of new environment is wearing off); resources St. Mark's offers to help students navigate difficulties; and advice on how parents can help (e.g. communicating with the school, communicating with their child). We'll meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Hinkle Room at St. Mark's. The program runs from 10:00-11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Gage Gillis in the Advancement Office at gagegillis@stmarksschool.org.

Parent Chats
Parent chats are held with John Warren from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Choate House. They will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. Parents will be notified when the livestream link becomes available.
  • III Form Parent Chat: February 1
  • IV Form Parent Chat: February 8
Other Events:
Lives of Consequence Campaign Regional Launch - Florida
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Palm Beach Yacht Club

Lives of Consequence Campaign Regional Launch - San Francisco
Bay Area
Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Olympic Club - City Clubhouse