Offices & Resources

Deans' Weekly

Wick Festival


The public is invited to attend the 27th annual Myron A. Wick A Cappella Festival on Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. 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. 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.

Coronavirus Update


St. Mark's is closely monitoring updates about the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, including the latest news and recommendations from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As Spring Break approaches, we are considering steps to ensure the safety of all of our students. The U.S. State Department recently increased the China Travel Advisory to Level 4— "Do not travel." This is a developing and dynamic situation, with new updates emerging daily. Please watch your inbox for additional news from St. Mark's.

Spring Break Travel Options


Envoys, St. Mark's travel partner, is pleased to announce two Spring Break travel options designed specifically for students seeking an alternative to going home to China for Spring Break. Envoys is offering 14-day and eight-day programs, with the option to add on additional days as necessary. The two programs are:

Arizona: Environmental Stewardship and Ancient Heritage
Session 1: March 8-21
Session 2: March 15-28

Boston and New York City: Great American Cities
Session 1: March 8-21
Session 2: March 15-28

For more information or to sign up for an Envoys Spring Break program, please contact Mary Ann Ciampa at 508.786.6047 or maryannciampa@stmarksschool.org.

Admission & Dean's Office News


Boarding Spots and Projections
Our offices are in the process of making projections for the 2020-2021 school year. For all parents of day students currently in the III, IV, or V Form, please let us know if you would like your child to be considered for a boarding spot next year. We have a limited number of openings for those who may want to switch from day to boarding. We will gather all requests and review them on both a case-by-case and first-come, first-served basis.

To be considered for one of these spots, please have your family send an email (or letter) to both Anne Behnke and David Vachris. Written requests are due by Friday, February 14. Please be aware that if your family decides to have a child switch to boarding, they must remain boarding throughout their time at St. Mark's. Thank you.

Re-Enrollment
To all non-graduating families: please stay tuned to the Deans' Weekly in the next few weeks for important information about the annual re-enrollment process. This process will be taking place in the second half of March. More details coming!

Campus News


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 parents must 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 Monday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 4, to accommodate the 150+ faculty and students heading to New York:

Monday, February 3
  • Green: 8:00-8:45 a.m.
  • Plum: 8:50-9:35 a.m.
  • Red: 9:50-10:35 a.m.
  • Yellow: 10:40-11:25 a.m.
    *Buses for the opera leave promptly at noon.
Tuesday, February 4
  • Continental Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Hot Breakfast: 8:30-10:00
  • Blue: 10:00-10:45 a.m.
  • Green: 10:50-11:35 a.m.
  • Plum: 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12:30-12:50 p.m.
  • Brown: 12:55-1:40 p.m.
  • Orange: 1:45-3:05 p.m.

Reminders:
Please be sure to get all Boardingware weekend overnight requests and permissions/confirmations in before Friday at 3:00 p.m.

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 another five days. We ask that you support our efforts in using only vendors with whom the school has long-standing relationships. Thank you!

The beginning of each academic week traditionally starts with study hall on Sunday evenings. Please commit to having boarders who have taken a Saturday overnight back on campus for Sunday study hall before 7:30 p.m. Thank you!

Yearbook


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) WOULD NOT like a copy of the yearbook, please directly email Ms. Starry Zhu or Ms. Lauren Kelly as soon as possible. We will also make announcements at School Meeting and remind students via email.

Weekend Activities


What's up this weekend? Select this link to view this weekend's campus activities.

Chaplain News


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:
barbaratalcott@stmarksschool.org, or 508.786.6186.


Athletic News


Co-Team of the Week: 3rds girls' squash
The 3rds girls' squash team is off to a great start this season. The Lions opened up their season hosting Lawrence Academy and defeated the Spartans 5-2. This was the first match for several players on the team and they really stepped up and played well. One week later, St. Mark's hosted Groton and edged out the Zebras by a match, winning seven of 13 matches played. Last Saturday, the Lions completed their hat trick of victories, defeating St. George's 6-3.

Co-Team of the Week: Varsity girls' hockey
The varsity girls' hockey team has enjoyed a successful stretch in the month of January, going 4-2 so far in 2020. The Lions started the New Year with a 3-2 win over Governor's Academy. Lilli Armstrong '21 scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Kaitlin Breslin '23 recorded her first career goal in the win. Four days later, St. Mark's traveled to Lawrence for a rematch from the Harrington Tournament and defeated the Spartans 4-2. Lauren Tolve '21 and Grace Gibbons '20 scored one goal each, while Madison Michals '21 added two goals in the victory. On January 18, the team hosted Cushing and earned a 4-1 win. Goals were scored by Emma Viens '20, Sam Galanek '22, Michals, and Avery McInerny '22. Finally, last Wednesday, the team earned a convincing 5-0 victory over Middlesex. Goals were scored by Laura Labarre '21, Tolve, Armstrong, Gibbons, and Alicia Souliotis '21. Goalies Lydia Rascher '20 and Erin Murray '21 were outstanding in the St. Mark's wins, only giving up five goals in the four games.

Alumni in the News
Julianna Gong '19, a first-year student at William Smith College, was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference Women's North Division Rookie of the Week. Gong led the Herons with five points on four goals and an assist in a 2-0-0 week for William Smith in conference play. On Saturday against Lebanon Valley, she recorded a career-high three points, notching two goals and an assist in a 6-0 victory. Gong scored the game's second and fifth goal of the game. She added an assist on Gina Scibetta's goal late in the first period. The next day, Gong had a pair of goals in a 5-2 win over Chatham. She scored a power-play goal in the second period and then added an empty-net goal late to ice the game for William Smith. Gong has scored two goals in three of the Herons' last four games. Gong has played in all 18 games so far this season. She is tied for second on the team with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists.

While at St. Mark's, Gong played soccer, hockey, and softball. In her senior year, she was named All-ISL in hockey and softball, earned the Maker Prize in hockey for leading the team in scoring, and was selected to the All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention team.

Scores:
  • Varsity boys' basketball, 75-56 win over Berwick; 54-52 win over Tabor
  • 3rds boys' basketball, 36-14 win over BB&N
  • Varsity girls' squash, 5-2 win over Middlesex; 7-0 win over BB&N
  • JV girls' squash, 4-3 win over Middlesex
  • Varsity girls' hockey, 4-2 win over Lawrence; 4-1 win over Cushing; 5-0 win over Middlesex
  • Varsity girls' basketball, 37-32 win over Middlesex; 51-40 win over Dana Hall
  • 3rds boys' squash, 5-4 win over Lawrence; 5-3 win over St. George's
  • 3rds girls' squash, 5-2 win over Lawrence; 7-6 win over Groton; 6-3 win over St. George's
  • JV boys' hockey, 9-0 win over Pingree; 2-0 win over Pingree Varsity boys' hockey, 6-0 win over Roxbury Latin; 4-2 win over St. George's
  • JV girls' hockey, 5-0 win over Groton; 6-1 win over Lawrence
  • Varsity wrestling, 57-18 win over Thayer; win over Lawrence; win over Beaver
  • JV boys' basketball, 65-55 win over Rivers
  • Varsity boys' squash, 5-2 win over BB&N
  • JV boys' squash, 6-0 win over BB&N


Robotics Update


We have continued to improve our prototypes as we need to have a fully assembled drive train in the next two weeks. Each team has been testing and refining each mechanism. The shooter has been very successful in its tests. The ball intake has also been successful in its job. Fun fact: We 3D-printed the intake wheels based on an omnidirectional wheel. The hook team is currently redesigning a better hook for the robot to use. For the winch team, they got their design from a winch from Lowes and upgraded it. They have made a winch that is suitable for our robot's weight. In the next week, all the teams will have to come together and assemble the robot to see how it will accommodate all of our elements.




Music News


On Saturday, Waverly Shi, Grace Li and Ryder Henry auditioned for the All-State Music Festival. All three of them passed the audition and were accepted into the festival. They will play in the All-State Music Festival Concert in Symphony Hall, Boston, on March 7. Congratulations!


Parents' Association News


Parent Chats
Parent chats 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. These events will be recorded and shared after the event.

Location: Choate House, St. Mark's School

III Form Parent Chat: February 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Events
  • February 13 - Battle of the Brews
  • May 5 - Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day
    This annual event is sponsored by the Parents' Association and is a perfect way to express our gratitude to St. Mark's faculty and staff members. All faculty and staff members enjoy a homemade brunch, thank yous, gift cards, and a chance at a grand prize!

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

Parent Phonathons
  • Wednesday, March 25 (the week after Spring Break)
  • Thursday, April 16 (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 please save these dates to help us out. For more information email advancement@stmarksschool.org.

Parent Speaker Series
Next Event: April 25 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark's Topic: Parents as Partners: Experiencing Community and Equity at St. Mark's

Form Potlucks
The VI Form Parent Potluck will be hosted by the Yerabothu family in Southborough on June 4. We are looking for families to host other potlucks this spring. If you can host, please contact Michelle Davis at Michelledavis67@gmail.com.

For more information email advancement@stmarksschool.org.

Other Events
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.