Happy Lunar New Year!
We have shared the following message with students, faculty, and staff, and are in close communication with Southborough Police about this matter. We will share any updates we receive with the community.
Police Alert: Man reportedly exposed himself to a child walking after school
A non-St. Mark's School student from Southborough reported that she was followed by a man driving a black, newer model (possibly crossover) SUV, after school on January 22, in the area of Deerfoot and Flagg Road (approximately two miles from campus). The unknown white male (described as having black hair, "scruffy" facial hair, and black, thick-rimmed glasses) allegedly exposed himself to her, after asking for directions. The student was able to safely retreat from the situation and report it to a parent, who then notified the Southborough Police Department.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Southborough Detective Unit. If anyone has any further information regarding this incident, please contact Lieutenant Ryan Newell or Detective Keith Nichols at 508.485.2121.
To view more information from mysouthborough.com, select this link.
Window Two and Semester One Grades: Friday, January 31
As a reminder, we will make Window Two and Semester One grades available in NetClassroom on Friday, January 31.
Advisor Letters: Mid-February
Advisor letters, which are composed at the conclusion of Semesters One and Two, will again be delivered electronically. More information about access to advisor letters is forthcoming, with an anticipated delivery date in early February.
Gray Colloquium: Christopher Phillips—Monday, January 27
Open to the public, parents, and alumni.
Christopher Phillips is an author and specialist in the Socratic method whose work has been recognized by Harvard University, the Safra Center for Ethics, and the National Constitution Center. A self-declared "roving ambassador," Dr. Phillips is currently holding dialogues in southern Mexico with indigenous groups and is taken a couple of days to come up to speak with us at St. Mark's about the importance of civil discourse. Visit his Facebook page for more information on his recent work: https://www.facebook.com/SocratesCafeFounder/
Dr. Phillips will arrive on Sunday, January 26, to share dinner with faculty members. On Monday, January 27, he will spend the day meeting with students who were engaged in the Socrates Cafe Saturday class last year. Other interested students will join to have lunch with Dr. Phillips before he addressed the full school community as our next Gray Colloquium on Civil Discourse speaker. He has kindly agreed to continue the conversation with a group of students at a dinner on Monday night before flying back to Mexico on Tuesday morning.
College Counseling News
Class of 2021 Parents: Mock Admission Program
The College Counseling Office would like you to participate in our Mock Admission program on Saturday, February 8. We will welcome admission representatives from several different schools here to guide "admission committees" (groups of students or parents), an application reading, review, and decision exercise. We've done this exercise many times, and participants consistently report that it is valuable, informative, and fun. The program will run from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday morning. So that we can make plans for group size and materials, please complete this brief Google form. As the date nears, we will send many more details to those who can join us. The registration deadline is Monday, January 27.
Confirmation at St. Mark's School
Time to sign up for confirmation at St. Mark's School! Classes at the local Roman Catholic church are already underway and it is too late for that this year, but the on-campus classes that lead up to confirmation in Belmont Chapel on April 26 begin just before Spring Break. Classes will meet on campus over an early dinner. There is no homework, just some good discussion about what it means to choose the Christian faith. Students who wish to be baptized should sign up for this class as well. Contact the Rev. Barbara Talcott to sign up or to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 508.786.6186.
The public is invited to attend the 27th annual Myron A. Wick A Cappella Festival. The festival, established in 1992 through the generosity of the Wick family and friends, is offered annually in memory of Myron A. Wick, St. Mark's class of 1933, in honor of his lifelong enjoyment of singing. The festival is two consecutive nights, January 31 and February 1, starting at 7:30 p.m. The performances will take place in the Class of 1945 Hall, Putnam Family Arts Center. Each night will showcase high school groups and conclude with a performance by a college group. The St. Mark's a cappella groups perform both nights.
On Friday, January 31, participating high schools will include Algonquin Regional High School, Northfield Mount Hermon School, and Wheeler School. The college group will be the Buffers (men) of Hamilton College. On Saturday, February 1, the high school groups will include Roxbury Latin, Middlesex School, Noble and Greenough School, and a first-time performance at the festival by Cushing Academy. The college group will be Tumbling After (women) from Hamilton College.The Hamilton groups include 2018 St. Mark's graduates Kaela Dunne and Jonathan Shakespeare, both of Southborough.
Admission is free. On Marlboro Road, look for the blue sign that reads "arts and athletics parking." When that lot is full, concertgoers will be directed to the Southborough Public Library lot where shuttle buses will be available.
The next group of six exchange students and two faculty from Grange School, Santiago, Chile, arrived Monday, January 20, and will stay until Friday, February 14. We are very excited for the arrival of our new guests: Francisca Cassorla, Antonia Correa, Anna Oemick, Tomás Opazo, Clemente Torres, and Benjamin Zamorano.
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 student(s) 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.
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!
Campus NewsOpera 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!
There are special schedules on BOTH Monday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 4, to accommodate the 150+ faculty and students heading to NYC!
- Please be sure to get all Boardingware weekend overnight requests and permissions/confirmations in before Friday at 3:00 p.m.
- Evening Chapel and Seated Meal on Tuesday, January 28. Chapel dress.
- We ask that students use our St. Mark's-friendly vendors when ordering delivery take-out. For safety reasons, students should not be ordering from delivery services such as UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Due to a few incidents of disregard to this expectation, we have closed all food delivery services to campus for two weeks. We ask that you support our efforts in using only vendors with whom the school has long-standing relationships. Thank you!
Parents' Association News
Parent Speaker Series
Thank you to those who attended the January 18 Parent Speaker Series event. Parent Association Co-chair Michelle Davis was joined by Director of Health Services Adria Pavletic, Director of Counseling Services Jennifer Taylor, and Director of Wellness Carl Corazzini to discuss the challenges students face this time of year, the resources to help them, and strategies parents can use to support their students. Families also heard Parent Association updates from co-chairs Tom and Michelle Davis.
If you couldn't make it, you can watch a video of the discussion here.
Next Event: April 25 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark's
These events are special opportunities to hear important information and updates about St. Mark's, learn about the student experience in the second half of the year, and connect with fellow Form parents. Please note, these are only for parents and guardians.
Location: Choate House, St. Mark's School
III Form Parent Chat: February 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. RSVP by January 28.
If you cannot attend, join the livestream.
IV Form Parent Chat: February 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. RSVP by February 4.
These events will be recorded and shared after the event.
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
Our next book club will be February 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 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. 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.
- Wednesday, March 25 (the week after Spring Break)
- Thursday, April 16 (Giving Day)
More information about these important events will come, but for now please save these dates to help us out. For more information email email@example.com.
The VI Form Parent Potluck will be hosted by the Yerabothu family in Southborough on June 4. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
New! Redesigned Parent Portal
Stay tuned for the launch of the redesigned Parent Portal.