March Head's Reflection
"The School Under One Roof": Present, Past, and Future
In John Warren's Chapel Talk earlier this week, he shared how St. Mark's plans to strengthen the already important sense of community, while keeping the tradition of a school under one roof, by embarking on our Residential Life Initiative.
The Admission Office is hosting two big events next week: our Admission Revisit Days on Tuesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 4. If you are free, we would love for you to consider signing up as a volunteer on either day. Volunteer opportunities are available from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Responsibilities include, helping to welcome our accepted families to campus, assisting families with registration, directing them around campus, escorting them to their stations, and chatting with them over lunch. Coffee breaks and lunch for all volunteers is included, of course! Please select the link below to view and sign up for available shifts. Thank you for considering!
Southborough News - Main Street Construction
The Main Street Construction Project is set to begin on April 1 and will be completed in November 2020. Some early set-up, such as staking utility poles and marking trees is currently happening. Please note that this construction project may affect traffic into town and on to St. Mark's campus.
April 11 is Giving Day! #SMGivingDay
Giving Day is a 24-hour global event when our entire community comes together to demonstrate pride in our school and support our students and faculty with a gift to the Annual Fund. These gifts are vital to the School's mission to educate students to lead lives of consequence. Last year the St. Mark's community came together to surpass our goal of raising 360 gifts in a single day. This year we are reaching higher with a goal to inspire 600 gifts on Giving Day--one for every member of our community including students, faculty, and staff. You can lead by example and make your gift early to count toward our ambitious goal. If you already made an Annual Fund gift this year, please accept our sincere thanks for your generosity. We welcome you to be a part of this special day by sharing news about the event and considering an additional gift of any size.
St. Markers Outstanding at Regional Science Fair
Jiwon Choi, a VI Former from Seoul, South Korea, won the 2019 Worcester Regional Engineering & Science Fair (WRESF) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this month. In addition, five other St. Markers—all part of the Taft STEM Fellowship program at St. Mark's—earned honors at the WRESF, including two more finishing in the top 10 out of 130 entrants.
Cum Laude Inductees
Mr. Rick Umiker announced at School Meeting on March 27 the newest inductees to the St. Mark's Cum Laude Society.
Jae Yoon (John) Cho '19
Jiawen (Angela) Li '19
Jiwon Choi '19
Yuchen (Amy) Wang '19
Laura Drepanos '19
Filip Kierzenka '19
Alex Cardonick '19
Window Three Grade Posting
Window Three grades and comments will be made available in the Parent Portal via Net Classroom on Monday, April 8.
St. Mark's Saturdays - Spring Season
The spring season of St. Mark's Saturdays will launch this Saturday, March 30, at 9:00 a.m. St. Mark's Saturdays courses meet this spring on:
- March 30
- April 6
- April 13
- April 27
- May 4
- May 11
- May 18
Parents' Association News
Want to make your support of St. Mark's go even further? You can supplement your Annual Fund gift by also supporting the School through AmazonSmile! For every purchase made from smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will contribute a small percentage of the sale to your charity of choice. To select St. Mark's as your charity of choice, visit smile.amazon.com, click on Accounts & Lists, and then Your AmazonSmile. Once on that page, search for and select St. Mark's School of Southborough. Remember, all purchases must be made through smile.amazon.com!
Faculty and Staff Appreciation
The faculty and staff at St. Mark's make us so proud! On Wednesday, April 24, we will celebrate their work at Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day with a brunch and an appreciation gift lottery. This is a truly great event that the teachers and staff really look forward to attending.
Thank you to all of the parents who have already contributed! If you haven't already, please sign up to participate today! To date, we have secured about half of the contributions needed for the event. We are particularly in need of grand prize gifts, food for the brunch, and more gift cards. Please use the links below to sign up.
- Use the SignUpGenius link to donate an item (gift card, tickets, gift basket, food item) and/or volunteer your time.
- Use this link to make a financial contribution in support of the event (and the co-chairs will shop for you!).
If you have any questions please contact the event co-chairs, Silvy Brookby, Stephanie Gattuso, and Claudia Liberatore at email@example.com. Thanks to all of the parents who do so much for the School in support of this effort and our Annual Fund!
Parent Meetup Hosted by the Center & Parents' Association Meeting
All St. Mark's parents and guardians are invited to a substantive meetup hosted by the Center on Saturday, April 27, followed by the final Parents' Association meeting of the year. The joint program will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The theme of the meetup, Parents as Partners in Our Students' Learning, acknowledges that "parents are untapped resources in the process of helping students identify academic interests and pursue further learning," as noted by psychology professor Dr. Judith Harackiewicz. The meetup is an informal event where educators and parents will learn from and with each other, and where families can connect more deeply with the work of the Center and the School. We have scheduled this event to coincide with St. Mark's Saturdays programming and the Parents' Association meeting to offer convenience and to maximize attendance. We hope you will attend and look forward to spending time with you! Learn more and register online today. Questions? Please contact Colleen Worrell, director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 508-786-4057
Parent Potluck Dinners
Each year, the Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. Save the dates below for potlucks for all Forms! Email invitations with event details will be sent via Evite as the dates approach.
- III Form - Friday, May 24, hosted by Cathy and Dan Gould in Hopkinton.
- IV Form - Saturday, May 18, hosted by Eileen Fava and Michael McCarthy in Weston.
- V Form - Friday, April 12, hosted by Shalini and Prem Yerabothu in Southborough. RSVP online today.
- VI Form - Thursday, June 6, hosted by Diane and Mark Bechard in Ashland (after the VI Form Dance send-off).
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
The next meeting of the St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will take place on Wednesday, April 10 in Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. No RSVP is necessary--just show up for good discourse and camaraderie with others in the St. Mark's community. The April book title is Educated by Tara Westover. The club is always looking for book title recommendations. Are you interested in submitting a book title for the group, or receiving book club meeting reminders, discussion questions, and recommended book titles directly? Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.