2020 Quad Games
In this edition of the Deans' Weekly, we are excited to spotlight students participating in the 2020 Quad Games. The Quad Games is a weeklong event, with the entire St. Mark's community competing in a variety of games and activities to see which team can amass the most points. Students and faculty really get into the spirit of the occasion, making posters and banners and rallying enthusiastically in support of one another and the School.
Official scores and the winner will be announced when the community returns from spring break.
Standings are as of Wednesday, March 5:
Head of School John C. Warren '74 sent a message to parents yesterday, March 5, detailing updates to the School's response to COVID-19 (new coronavirus). That message, along with all of the latest updates and resources from the School, can be found here.
On Friday, March 20, you will receive an email asking you to submit information about your family's travel over spring break before your student returns to campus. Your attention to this important matter is appreciated as we navigate this challenging time.
Spring Break Reminder
Houses close at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, and reopen for students at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23. Students should not be accessing campus facilities over the course of the break. Please check your email over spring break for any changes to the process of returning to campus, as well as information about potential COVID-19 screening processes.
Astronaut Duane Carey Coming to St. Mark's
Astronaut Duane Carey is coming to speak on campus on Friday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m. Duane is a veteran Air Force pilot and former pilot of the Space Shuttle Columbia. All are invited.
Please RSVP through the link below:
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 was sent on Sunday, March 1.
Admission and Business Office News
Student Re-enrollment Contracts for all returning students in 2020-21 will be issued online beginning next month. Like 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. Enrollment is required for the semiannual and monthly plans (Plan B & Plan C), or in other words, anyone not paying in full. 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.
- 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 two-to-three-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 this business day.
Cum Laude Inductees Announced
Mr. Rick Umiker announced the new additions to the St. Mark's Cum Laude Society. Congratulations to Jason Chen, Jane Dubrova, Chris Lee, Laura Sabino, Julian Yang, and Anishka Yerabothu for achieving this impressive academic honor. The Cum Laude Induction ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 5.
Course Requests Advisors worked with students to develop a working plan for 2020-2021 course requests this week. We will now turn to processing and review of these requests, and hope that families will be engaged in conversation about each student's plan during spring break. You can view the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021. 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 2020-2021 St. Mark's Saturdays courses will take place later in the spring.
Window Three Grade Posting
Please also be reminded of the following information regarding the upcoming availability of Window Three grades and comments:
- Friday, March 6: Window Three Closes
- Monday, April 6*: Grades and Comments available in Parent Portal via Net Classroom
Special Occasion Clothing Donation
HelpOurKids, a Western Mass.-based non-profit organization that supports children in foster care, is seeking donations of new or gently used fashionable and formal dresses, suits, shoes, ties, and jewelry appropriate for male and female high school and college-aged young adults.
Please consider donating any "special occasion" clothing you, your friends, your siblings, your parents, or your neighbors might be ready/willing to part with! Donations for prom dresses, dance dresses, wedding outfits, Chapel outfits, suits, job interview outfits, business attire, etc. are being collected to be donated to these students, along with shoes and accessories. The students will then have an event where they can "shop" for their special outfit.
Any donations can be dropped off outside Ms. Cavanaugh's office, located on the second floor of Admission, by March 11.
Please consider cleaning out those closets and finding some items that might be great for these high school and college kids! Students and adults, please consider donating any items, any sizes.
The St. Marker
Here is the March issue of The St. Marker. We hope that you find some time to read and enjoy it over March break!
SM Robotics Impressive at Granite State Competition
From February 27 through February 29, the St. Mark's Robotics Team— #3566 Gone Fishin'—made a strong impression in its 2020 competitive debut at the annual Granite State New England District FIRST Robotics event in Salem, New Hampshire. [read more]
Announcing the 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Eight individuals—seven athletes and a coach—along with two historic St. Mark's teams will be inducted into the School's Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 9, during Reunion Weekend 2020. The inductees include one of the most successful boys' varsity tennis coaches in St. Mark's history, a pioneering Southborough School grad who has seen national and international success as a racing sailor and triathlete, and athletes who played football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, softball, and field hockey; who wrestled; and who rowed crew. They achieved athletic success in both school and college, and they represent the best of independent school athletics. They will join the 41 athletes, nine coaches, one manager, and two teams already enshrined in St. Mark's Athletic Hall of Fame, which was first established in 2001. [read more]
Summer Volunteer Opportunity: Brantwood Camp
Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, N.H., is one of St. Mark's longest-standing and most valuable leadership development and community service opportunities. Any student who is 16 or over by June can apply to be a volunteer counselor for 16 days this summer. Students with interest (or their parents) should contact Rev. Talcott to get their names on the list to receive all the instructions and updates. Brantwood can take up to three girls and three boys per session, and spots will be first-come, first-served. The student will need to fill out an application form and get three references (from teachers, advisors, or other non-relative adults). You can learn more about the camp at www.Brantwood.org . Note that there is no cost to the student or his/her parents; they just have to arrange their own transportation to/from camp. The dates for the three sessions are as follows:
- June 28 - July 13
- July 16 - July 31
- August 3 - August 18
Upcoming Phonathon and Textathon: March 25 and April 16 The Parents' Association will hold two events to raise funds for 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, and on April 16, we'll text parents to encourage them for their support. We could use your help with both events. These are great and fun opportunities for fellow parents to connect and participate in this important cause.
Our goal this year is to have 92 percent of St. Mark's parents contribute to the Annual Fund. Email email@example.com for more information.
Parent Speaker Series Event: April 25
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.
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.
" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club: April 8
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'll 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 email@example.com or Laurie Kalapinski, admission coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Day: 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 donors, and we hope we can count on you to be one of them. More information coming soon.
- May 9 at 7:00 p.m. - III Form Potluck hosted by the Dawson family P'19, '23.
- June 4 at 6:00 p.m. - VI Form Potluck hosted by the Yerabothu family P'20, '23 following the send-off for the VI Form dance.
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 email@example.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 Textathon
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