Offices & Resources

Deans' Weekly

Winter has Arrived!


Assessment Week


Each December, St. Mark's conducts an assessment period that accommodates the diverse needs of advancing coursework before Winter Break. The assessment period starts Monday morning, December 16, and runs through Thursday afternoon, December 19. Each student's class has been allotted a two-hour block of time for meaningful academic engagement (see attached schedule). Depending on the course, class work may be in the form of a cumulative test, project-based work, writing workshop, or some other activity or assessment. Please also note that we build a reading block into the schedule on Wednesday morning to allow students time for preparation and extra help.

The Assessment Week Schedule:

Monday

12/16

Tuesday

12/17

Wednesday

12/18

Thursday

12/19

Friday

12/20

8:30 am – 10:30 am

GREEN

RED

Reading Block

BROWN

Houses Close at Noon

10:30am– 1:00 pm

Free time/Open Gym/Lunch

Free time/Open Gym/Lunch

Free time/Open Gym/Lunch

Free time/Open Gym/Lunch

1:00 pm–

3:00 pm

PLUM

ORANGE

BLUE

YELLOW



Service of Lessons and Carols


Sunday, December 15, 2019
4:00 p.m. | Belmont Chapel

St. Mark's Choir, under the direction of James Wallace, director of music and Arts Department chair, will sing new and traditional Christmas anthems and lead congregational caroling.

No RSVP required


Weekend Activities


What's up this weekend? Follow this link to learn more about the happenings on campus this Saturday and Sunday.


Campus News


Photo Retake Day Rescheduled
Due to inclement weather conditions, the school photo retake day has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 11. We informed your child(ren) of this arrangement on Tuesday when the decision was made and they will be reminded via email early next week. Please feel free to contact Ms. Starry Zhu if you have any questions


Dean of Students News


Winter Break Transportation
Charged to Lion card: $100 each way to CT/NY, $35 each way to Logan Airport

24-hour cancellation notice or you will be charged

Friday, December 20, 2019
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 the McDonald's restaurant (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 at 9:00 a.m. – departing from Athletic Center Parking lot

Sunday, January 5, 2020 – 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 on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to the McDonald's restaurant 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 Logan airport at 6:00 p.m.

Drones & Hoverboards
With the upcoming holiday wish lists and our community safety concerns, we ask that students do not bring back to campus any type of drones or hoverboards. Helmets for those with skateboards would be an appropriate gift to bring back, however. Thank you for your support.


Athletics


Winter Athletic Schedule
Please be aware of the creative way the schedule shifts to accommodate the sharing of our athletic facilities for winter sports. Five basketball teams share two gyms, four hockey teams share the rink, and six squash teams share the courts (the wrestlers are in Benson). Because of this, there is a staggered practice schedule, with teams practicing at a different time each day—but consistent week to week—between 3:15 and 9:00 p.m. Each day the teams on late practice (during our normal study hall hours) hold a supervised study hall during the afternoon.


Parents' Association News


Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
The January meeting of the St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will be at St. Mark's School on Wednesday, January 8, in 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 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.

Phonathon
Our first parent phonathon in October was a great success thanks to the many parents, St. Mark's staff, and other volunteers who helped out.

Our next one will be in January, and we'll need volunteers in all Forms to help as callers. This is a fun event and a great opportunity to connect with fellow parents while supporting our incredible School. More details will be sent soon.

For more information, please email Annie Pfaff in the Advancement Office at anniepfaff@stmarksschool.org.

Exam Bake
Our students love taking a break from studying and tests to enjoy the wonderful spread of sweets and healthy snacks parents provide for the Exam Bake! This year's event will be Tuesday, December 17, from 4:00-4:45 p.m. in the Hinkle Room.

If you can help with this event, please sign up here.

Please deliver items to the front desk by 3:00 p.m. on December 17. Non-perishable items may be delivered the preceding weekend, but please ensure the receptionist takes them. Please note: We are asking that ALL items be nut-free. A selection of gluten-free and other allergen-free foods will be available at a separate table. If you are contributing to this table, please include a list of all the ingredients.

Don't live nearby? Have your treats delivered to St. Mark's, or we can help you get them to campus! See a list of suggested retailers in the sign up form.

We'll need set-up and clean-up help too. Set-up starts at 3:00 p.m. and clean-up will begin around 4:40 p.m.

Questions? Contact Michelle Davis (Michelledavis67@gmail.com) or Heather Robb (hapr@comcast.net).

Casino Night
Join us for one of the most memorable events of the year! Casino Night will be January 11, 2020 from 8:00-10:30 p.m. Our students look forward to seeing parents at Casino Night, and this year will be no different, but we can't make this event a success without your help.

We need volunteers for:
Poker and blackjack dealers: We'll provide the training, so you can provide the fun!

Prize donations: Ideal prizes include what the day and boarding students really want these days—gift cards (Amazon, Target, Starbucks, etc.). Snack baskets are a great idea too!

Check-in and decoration volunteers: Greet guests and give St. Mark's that festive feel.

Mail or drop off your donations to Caitlin Kosow (caitlinkosow@stmarksschool.org) at St. Mark's School, 25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772.

Please contact Casino Night Chair, Kelly Requadt, at kellyrequadt@yahoo.com if you can help out. Thanks for your support!

Parent Speaker Series: Saturday, January 18
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 begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 11:00 a.m.

If you can't make the meeting, you can see it live here.

For more information, contact Gage Gillis in the Advancement Office at gagegillis@stmarksschool.org.

Parents' Association Volunteer Opportunities
There's no shortage of parent opportunities here at St. Mark's. If you're looking to get involved, please complete the Parents' Association volunteer form.

  • Here are just some of the ways you can help:
  • Greet prospective students and families in the Admissions Parlor
  • Help raise funds for the School through the Annual Fund
  • Host an event for parents in your Form
  • Offer your experience as a professional
  • Become a student mentor or Lion Term host
  • Provide baked goods and/or gifts for faculty and staff appreciation events
  • Drive students to/from off-campus health care appointments
  • Support campus events that help drive school spirit
There's something for everyone and all are welcome!

Annual Fund Update & Call for Volunteers
Thank you to all of the parents who have already contributed to the Annual Fund and the volunteers who have supported our efforts thus far to raise funds for this important cause.

This school year our goal is to raise $2.4 million and have 92 percent of our parents contribute to the Fund. We know we can accomplish this with everyone's support. Remember, the Form with the highest participation in the Annual Fund will take claim to the Lion's Pride award! Learn more about the Annual Fund here.

Percentage of parent participation per Form Our Annual Fund Parent Chair, Mike Pellini P'20, will continue to work closely with Form chairs and volunteers on fundraising efforts. Also, we still need a volunteer to chair the IV Form Annual Fund team and lead a small group of volunteers. If you can help, please email Mike at St.MarksPA@gmail.com.

Parent Events: See details about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming St. Mark's Events
We hope you can join us at an upcoming St. Mark's event.
Look for more details in your email as event dates approach.

Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark's School, Belmont Chapel - Southborough, MA

Lives of Consequence Campaign Regional Launch - Florida
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
Palm Beach Yacht Club

Parent Speaker Series
Saturday, January 18
St. Mark's School - Southborough, MA

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