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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 28 - SOLD OUT
February 29 - 7:30 p.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


VI Form Lion Term Presentations - Saturday, February 29 | 9:00 a.m.


The Experiential Learning office and the VI Form Lion Term faculty team invite you to attend VI Formers' presentations during the last winter St. Mark's Saturdays session at 9:00 a.m. on February 29. The students will be presenting on their findings for a five-minute performance in small groups of 12 to 13. To view the presentation schedule, select this link.


Prize Day: Saturday, June 6, 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.

VI Form parents, an email regarding Prize Day information will be sent on Sunday, March 1.



Admission and Business Office News


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 lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org 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 semiannual 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.

Timeline:

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 admission@stmarksschool.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.


COVID-19 Updates


Head of School John C. Warren '74 sent a message to parents today, February 28, detailing the School's latest response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19). That message, along with all of the latest updates and resources from the School, can be found here.


Academic News


Course Requests
Advisors are now working with students to request courses for academic year 2020-2021. You can review the 2019-2020 Course Catalog as a support for these conversations. As a reminder, this listing is a slate of requests, and not the student's confirmed schedule for 2019-2020. We aim for conversations around placements to uphold our core philosophy of balancing the rigor of a student's course load with the student's ability to perform their best. As we make our way to the close of the year, we anticipate that some work will remain to identify the most suitable program, with feedback from teachers serving the important functions of promoting student growth, and informing future directions of study. If you have questions, please reach out to your student's advisor.

Finally, please note that the request process for 2019-2020 St. Mark's Saturdays courses will take place in May.

Window Three Closing
With the end of Window Three and the close of the winter season of St. Mark's Saturdays approaching, students may find an increasing number of assessments coming due in the coming weeks. As always, advisors are supporting students with their work on campus, but it would also be a great idea to open a conversation from home about planning ahead and keeping up healthy habits during stressful times. We emphasize to students that they have a wealth of resources and support around them—one of the many great benefits of our SM community!

Please also be reminded of the following information regarding the upcoming availability of Window Three grades and comments:
  • Friday, March 7: Window Three Closes
  • Monday, April 6*: Grades and Comments available in Parent Portal via Net Classroom
*March break in between Window closing and Grade and Comment reporting


Athletic News


Winter Groton Games: Saturday, February 29
The Athletics Department hopes you have the opportunity tomorrow to come out to cheer on our teams for Groton Day. It's been a great winter season and our athletes are excited to finish the season on a high note! Games begin at 2;00 p.m. and a full schedule can be found here.

Groton Hockey Games - Live Streams
Both the girls' and boys' hockey games will be live streamed.

Varsity Girls' Hockey vs. Groton - 2:00 p.m. - Watch the live stream here.

Varsity Boys' Hockey vs. Groton - 4:00 p.m. - Watch the live stream here.

Squash Teams to Compete in New England's
Best of luck to our boys' and girls' squash teams that compete in the New England Interscholastic Squash Championships Saturday and Sunday!


Campus News


Robotics Team
Ms. Brown has reported that the robotics team is off to a wonderful start winning their first FOUR matches and are in fourth place overall right now!

LEO - St. Mark's School Academic Journal
The newest edition of LEO is here. It's all history ... the History Research Fellowship, that is. Read six impressive essays by Sky, Yevheniia, Blake, Louis, Jack, and Nate. Learn about psychiatric hospitals, depictions of Russian military in the media, SEC regulation, Coca-Cola, Colonel Percy Fawcett, and campaign finance deregulation.

LEO is accepting submissions for publication from students and faculty. Send academic work and inquiries to leo@stmarksschool.org.

Quad Games
Quad Games start on Monday, March 2! The Quad Games are a late-winter, weeklong, school-wide, Hogwarts-like, Olympic-based intramural competition. Next week, after almost all winter sports have concluded (except for the teams in the playoffs), the school is sponsoring a series of campus-wide events to keep a majority of students engaged in the afternoon and to boost the morale of the student body. The entire school community has been split into four teams: Fearing, Large, Thayer, and Phoenix.

Student leaders with faculty assistance will organize the events of the week, and students and teachers will compete at a variety of levels. Contests in basketball, chess, European Handball (CageBall), backgammon, math, spelling, tug of war and the like will take place in the afternoon throughout the week. Points for the winning teams will be tabulated and posted every evening. Team Fearing was victorious last year! Students and faculty will be donning their colors all week! Should be fun!

Fearing: Black and Gold
Thayer: Purple and White
Large: Sky Blue and Royal Blue
Phoenix: Red and Silver

Blood Drive Tuesday, February 26 – Lions' Den
Local families are welcome. Quad Game Points for Pints.

Special Olympics
Join us for the annual Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) Junior's Basketball State Tournament hosted by St. Mark's on Sunday, March 1. Last year we had more than 60 volunteers and we hope that students, faculty, staff, and parents can volunteer again in a variety of roles such as scorekeepers, timers, and announcers. Teams from across Massachusetts have been training and working hard for this season-ending tournament.


Weekend Activities


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


Dean of Students Office News


Spring Break Departures
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.


Parents' Association


Upcoming Phonathon and Textathon: March 25 and April 16
These are great and fun opportunities to encourage fellow parents to participate in the Annual Fund, which is vital to providing financial aid as well as additional support to our athletic teams, programs, and academic courses.

On March 25, we'll call parents. On April 16, we'll contact parents through text.

Our goal this year is to have 92 percent of St. Mark's parents contribute to the Annual Fund. Email advancement@stmarksschool.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

This is our largest event of the year! We fund three events through this ONE TIME ASK. For this event, we're asking for cash, gift cards, event tickets, gift baskets, volunteers, and food items!

Items are needed by April 24.

Sign up to donate items and see more information here or contact Claudia Liberatore P'21 at claudia.liberatore@me.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 joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski, admission coordinator, at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.

Giving Day: April 16
Be a part of one of the most important days of the school year!

On April 16, St. Mark's students, faculty, parents, grandparents, and other supporters will participate in Giving Day, a 24–hour global event when our community demonstrates pride in our School and shows support with a gift to the Annual Fund.

Gifts to the Annual Fund are vital to supporting our mission of delivering an education focused on the intellectual, character, and leadership development of our students that will ultimately help them lead lives of consequence.

This year our goal is to inspire 800 gifts, and we hope we can count on you for one of them. More information coming soon.

Form Potlucks
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.

Summer Internship Opportunities Needed
The Student Enrichment Office in The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning is looking to increase the number of summer internships for V and VI Form students.

If you can host an on-site, four-week internship this summer, please contact John Camp, Director of Experiential Learning, at johncamp@stmarksschool.org.

"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."

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