Independent School Health Check (ISHC)
St. Mark's School will be administering the Independent School Health Check (ISHC) to all our students on Thursday, February 27. This represents our fifth consecutive year administering this survey. The results are very helpful as we plan and evaluate the various wellness programs within the School's curriculum. On the day of the administration, students will be asked questions that address attitudes and life experiences, and that touch on issues such as self-esteem, stress, integrity, sexual behavior, and substance use.
Participation is voluntary and at the discretion of students and their parents. The students will be told that they can skip any questions that they would prefer not to answer. Students who do not wish to complete the survey will have the opportunity to work independently.
To read the full letter regarding the ISHC, please select this link.
February Head's Reflection
New Faculty Orientation: A Model of Intentional Support
I recently took the opportunity to sit with our newest faculty members to hear about how they have experienced our efforts to support their entry to St. Mark's. I heard generally positive feedback, with a particular emphasis on a sense of welcome and a readiness on the part of members of the adult community to offer support and advice and to answer questions. Read More.
To keep the St. Mark's community informed with the latest information and updates regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), we have created a web page that includes all of the latest updates and resources from the School. Please check back for the latest information as this situation continues to evolve.
Prize Day 2020
Prize Day 2020 is set for Saturday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. Information on the ceremony and other Prize Day events can be found here. The website will be updated as new information becomes available. Printed announcements will be mailed to VI Form parents in March.
On Friday February 14, a group of St. Markers gathered with Ms. Eslick in the Fab Lab to enjoy pizza and a strategy session on procrastination. Students discussed the emotional components involved in putting off tasks and identified tactics for beating the procrastination stress loop. Perhaps your St. Marker is a Virtuous Procrastinator? Or a Rebellious Procrastinator? Did they procrastinate in signing up for this workshop? Encourage them to attend one in the future!
Gray Colloquium: Ross Gay
On February 20, St. Mark's hosted our latest Gray Colloquium on Civil Discourse speaker, author and food justice activist Ross Gay. His latest book, The Book of Delights, is a series of meditation essays about joy found in everyday life. His positive message was heard by the whole school community in an afternoon gathering in the Class of '45 Hall, and Dr. Gay met with interested faculty and students for lunch. In the evening, he shared dinner and conversation with members of our Poetry Workshop and Environmental Science classes. Visit Ross Gay's website to learn more about his education, career, and honors: http://www.rossgay.net/about.
Admission and Business Office News
Dear Parents of Current III, IV, and V Formers: Re-Enrollment Contracts
Student re-enrollment contracts for all returning students in 2020-2021 will be issued online beginning next month. As in previous years, contracts will be accessed via School Forms Online, powered by inResonance. These will be sent to both parent email addresses for each household, if applicable. The email addresses which will be utilized are the primary emails listed for each parent currently in our database (unless you share an email in which case these will be sent to only one). If your email for contract purposes has recently changed, please email email@example.com with your updated information.
Tuition Payment Program Information
The School utilizes FACTS Tuition Management Company to help manage tuition payments and enrollment is required for the semi-annual and monthly plans (Plan B & Plan C). FACTS is used by many schools locally and over 6,500 schools nationally. Additional information is available about FACTS on our website at: https://www.stmarksschool.org/admission/tuition-financial-aid.
By March 2: Please let Laurie Kalapinski in the Admission Office know if you have a new/different email address you would like the contract sent to.
Beginning March 18: Re-enrollment contracts will be sent out online from firstname.lastname@example.org via sendgrid.net (with an invitation link). Please make note the subject line of the email you will be receiving for this is "St. Mark's School: Confirm your email". Contracts will go out in waves over a 2-3 week window and contracts will be sent then only if not 'On Hold' by any of the school's departments.
By April 20: Completed re-enrollment contracts and deposits are due by the end of the business day.
Winter Play: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
The St. Mark's Theater Department Proudly Presents...
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
A Play by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Performance Dates: February 27, 28, & 29 @ 7:30p.m.
Location: Black Box Theater
Please email Mr. Kent to reserve tickets (It's free!).
There is limited seating (100 lucky people) available each night. Preference will be given to people who reserve seats in advance.
What's the story?
Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, where agnostic lawyer Fabiana Aziza Cunningham has brought before the court the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner–Judas Iscariot. Fabiana and her opposing prosecutor call on a cavalcade of witnesses from Sigmund Freud to Mother Teresa to Satan in this dark courtroom comedy that threatens to answer: Who is truly worthy of forgiveness?
Please arrive on time. NO LATE ADMISSION
Henrietta Iscariot/Mary Magdalen- Elise Gobron '21
Judas Iscariot - Yiwei Lu '20
Jesus - Aiden Tam '22
Judge - Michael Ferlisi '22
Bailiff - Samantha Wang '21
Fabiana Aziza Cunningham - Sydni Williams '22
Yusef El-Fayoumy - Illia Rebechar '20
Satan - Alexander Sumner '20
Gloria/Sigmund Freud - Kendall Sommers '22
Matthias of Galilee - Rebecca Wu '21
Saint Monica/Mother Teresa - Anu Akibu '20
Caiaphas The Elder - Alex Chen '21
Pontius Pilate- Kevin Takayama '21
Lorain/Soldier #3 - Sophie Ledonio '23
Butch Honeywell/Sister Glenna/Soldier #1 - Lina Zhang '21
Uncle Pino/Soldier #2 - Steven Yang '23
Saint Peter – Kian Sahani '20
Saint Matthew – Jack Griffin '20
Lauren Tran '22
Lowell Fenstermacher '22
Daniella Pozo '22
Assistant Stage Manager:
Charlie Poulin '23
Spring Break Transportation
Friday, March 6: Bus to Logan airport, 6:00 p.m. departure
Saturday, March 7: Bus to New York City, 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 (2nd Avenue/85th) 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
Monday, March 23: 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 2nd Avenue at 86th Street) 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 pick up from Logan Airport (Arrivals Gate, Terminal B) at 6:00 p.m.
Dean's Office News
Leadership Selection Process
Our leadership selection process has started. As spring approaches, our students will begin to think about their vision for the next academic year. For our current IV and V Form students, this includes thinking about how to contribute to the community through service as a student leader.
Already in February, we have begun the leadership selection process with a mandatory informational meeting where students will hear from current leaders about various opportunities. During this process, it is helpful for students to think critically about their personal goals for the coming year and their motivation for seeking leadership roles. St. Mark's works because our students are dedicated to being leaders with or without being selected for formal leadership roles. Also, formal leadership isn't for everyone. We have a strong cohort of students who create positive space in our community without holding any titles.
As spring break arrives, we encourage you to talk with your child about their vision for next year. Are they interested in formal leadership? How will they make positive contributions to the community? What level of commitment to items outside of the classroom will be in their best interest? If chosen as a House Prefect, Peer Discussion Leader, Monitor, or Pathways leader, will they be able to attend to their personal growth and also support the development of others as required by their role?
Finally, it is important to acknowledge the obvious. Not everyone who applies to be a student leader will be selected. For this reason, we ask you also to explore the following questions connected to our character development learning objectives: courage, confidence, resilience, and adaptability. What might it feel like to apply but not be selected? If not selected, what are the ways you can still be a positive change agent and support for peers? Your child's advisor is also a great resource who can help lead your child through thinking about their options, strengths, development areas, and overall goals for the next academic year.
Dean's Office Reminders
Spring Break Attendance
With spring break around the corner, we have received some exception requests for early departures and missing academic classes. In our efforts to hold meaningful classes, these absence requests are problematic on many levels and are not sustainable in running our academic program. We ask that parents do not take students out of their academic commitments before or after breaks. Your help with this issue is appreciated, and we thank you for your continued support of our programs.
Please be sure to get all Boardingware weekend overnight requests and permissions/confirmations in before Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Delivery & Take-Out Rules
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 closed all food delivery services to campus for two weeks. While the ordering ban is now over (to much relief of many students), we ask that you support our efforts in using only vendors with whom the school has longstanding relationships. Thank you!
Sunday Study Hall begins at 7:30 p.m.
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!
What's up this weekend? Select this link to view this weekend's campus activities.
VI Form Parents: Class Ring Order Form
Interested in ordering a class ring? Select this link to view the class ring order form.
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: email@example.com, or 508.786.6186.
Parents' Associations News
Battle of the Brews
On February 13, the Parents' Association provided Starbucks, Red Barn, and Dunkin' gift cards to staff and faculty as part of the Battle of the Brews. Thanks to Silvy Brookby P'20, Stephanie Gattuso P'19, '20, Claudia Liberatore P'21, Missy Winters P'19, '21, '23, and Amy Yang P'22 for supporting this special event. Our faculty and staff are most appreciative!
Upcoming Phonathons: March 25 and April 16
The phonathons are great opportunities to encourage fellow parents to participate in the Annual Fund, which is vital to providing financial aid and additional support to our athletic teams, programs, and academic courses. This year we're hoping to have 92 percent of St. Mark's parents contribute to the Annual Fund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Parent Speaker Series Event: April 25
Director of Community & Equity Affairs Loris Adams and Colleen Worrell, director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, will discuss "Parents as Partners: Experiencing Community and Equity at St. Mark's."
Building on the success of last spring's "Parents as Partners" event, we encourage parents to attend this very informative and interactive event in person to experience how your children learn about community and equity at St. Mark's.
The presentation will be held in the Center Presentation Room at St. Mark's from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. A Parents' Association meeting will follow from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day - May 5 (Donations needed by April 24)
Sponsored by the Parents' Association, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is a perfect way to express our gratitude to St. Mark's faculty and staff.
The event will include:
- Brunch for all faculty and staff
- Generous gift cards and thank you notes
- Chances for our 10- 20 "Grand Prize Items" through raffle tickets
Items are needed by April 24.
Sign up to donate items and see more information here or contact Claudia Liberatore P'21 at email@example.com.
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club: April 8
Our book group generally meets the first Wednesday of each month, but we won't have a March meeting.
Our next meeting will be April 8 at St. Mark's 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 will discuss The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Red Lotus (due out March 17) by Chris Bohjalian. We'll also talk about any books we read over March break.
If you have questions or want to be added to our email list, contact Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Kalapinski, admission coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Dawson family P'19, '23 will host the III Form Potluck on May 9 at 7:00 p.m.
The Yerabothu family P'20, '23 will host the VI Form Potluck on June 4 at 6:00 p.m. following the send-off for the VI Form dance. Special thanks to both families for hosting these events.
We are looking for families to host potlucks this spring and for future III, IV, and V Forms as well. If you are willing to host this spring or in the future, please contact Michelle Davis P'21 at St.MarksPA@gmail.com
Parents in the Know Newsletter
Parents in the Know is filled with information about School events supported by the Parents' Association. It also includes information on how parents can get involved as well as additional resources. Read the latest edition of the Parents in the Know.
- March 25 - Parent Phonathon
- April 8 - Book Club
- April 16 - Giving Day/Parent Phonathon
- April 25 - Parent Speaker Series
- April 29 - Lives of Consequence Bay Area Launch - San Francisco, California
- May 5 - Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day
- May 9 - III Form Potluck
- May 28 - Lives of Consequence Boston Area Launch - Wellesley, Massachusetts
- June 4 - VI Form Potluck