Offices & Resources

Deans' Weekly

Coffee House



Students are encouraged to share poetry, perform a song, or support fellow friends at the Coffee House on Saturday, February 8, at 8:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room.

Coronavirus Update


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.


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!


Dean's Office Reminders


Boardingware
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 long-standing 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!

Academic News


LEO
The newest edition of LEO is here!

Read about visual learning, light in The Great Gatsby, gender inequalities in athletics, and wayfinders! View stunning Macbeth posters and science-informed paintings of Mediterranean monk seals.

smleo.com

Advisor Letters
The Academics Office is in the process of inputting and delivering advisor letters electronically to St. Mark's families. Our goal is to have advisor letters emailed to parents by the end of next week. Please contact the Dean of Students' Office with any questions.


Campus News


Great Music, Alumni Guests Highlight 28th Wick Festival
A capella music reigned at St. Mark's on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, February 1, as the 28th Annual Wick Choral Festival took place in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. Over both nights, the two St. Mark's a capella groups—the Royal Blues and the Marksmen—were joined by guest performers from both high school and college. Among the visiting acts were several talented St. Mark's alumni. Read More.

Strong Showings by St. Mark's Teams So Far This Winter
Heading into the midpoint of the winter sports season at St. Mark's, six varsity teams have posted records of .500 or better to date, and overall the School's varsity programs have a record of 43-30-2. Wrestling, boys' and girls' ice hockey, girls' squash, and boys' basketball are all looking strong. Read More.

Casey Pickett Bates '09 Named to Beanpot Hall of Fame
On Wednesday, February 4, at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena, St. Mark's alumna and current faculty member Casey (Pickett) Bates '09 was inducted into the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame. Read More.

Valentine's Day Carnations & Crush Cans
The VI Form is implementing the annual Valentine's Day initiative of Carnations and Crush Cans. These Valentine-type tokens of affection and appreciation will be handed out on Friday, February 14 during blue, lunch, and co-curricular. A nice "pick-me-up" in February! Thank you, Monitors!


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.


Robotics Update


As we finish up our fifth week of building, we are still working on our prototypes. Each team is trying to improve on their final prototypes. The final shooter is being finished as is the collector. The shooter team needed to fix the angle and make it accessible to the collector. Our team has also nominated Mr. Roche for the Woodie Flowers Award for mentors. The award is for a mentor that has done an outstanding job of motivation through communication. Mr. Roche has been dedicated to helping our team since it was founded. He is passionate about his work and continuously encourages students to reach their full potential. We have also created a folder with many photos of our team working. The folder can be accessed through this link.



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.

IV Form Parent Chat: Saturday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Choate House, St. Mark's School

Recap of III Form Parent Chat
The III Form Parent Chat was held February 1 to give parents an opportunity to talk informally and ask questions about the student experience through the first year at St. Mark's.

Highlights included:
  • Head of School John C. Warren '74 giving insight on course planning, explaining the SMLeads character and leadership development program, and showing a video explaining the III Form Lion Term experience;
  • Director of Global Citizenship Laura Appell-Warren sharing how global citizenship and community & equity reinforce the St. Mark's approach to building perspective-taking skills;
  • Dave and Camilla King, P'18, '20, '23, III Form parents and Annual Fund volunteers, providing an overview of the III Form participation rate to the Annual Fund (52 percent), which gives them the highest participation rate of all four Forms, and keeps them in first place for the Lion's Pride Award;
  • An introduction to the One Day at St. Mark's School video.
Watch the recording of the February 1 III Form Parent Chat.

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! Currently we need cash, gift cards, event tickets, gift baskets, volunteers and food items! See how you can help.

Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
Our book group generally meets the first Wednesday of each month, but there will not be 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 by Chris Bohjalian. We'll also talk about any books we read over March break.

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: Save the Dates!
  • 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, programs, and academic courses. This year we're hoping to have 92 percent of St. Mark's parents contribute to the Annual Fund. For more information, email advancement@stmarksschool.org.

Parent Speaker Series
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
We are looking for families to host potlucks this spring. If you can host, please contact Michelle Davis at Michelledavis67@gmail.com.

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.