Join us on April 27 for a Parent Meet Up!
St. Mark's Giving Day Results
St. Mark's Giving Day was an extraordinary success! We received a total of 812 gifts and raised $327,881--far surpassing our goal of 600 gifts and meeting the $100,000 and $50,000 giving challenges. We are deeply grateful to everyone who supported our School with gifts to this year's Annual Fund on Giving Day. We are particularly appreciative of the 115 gifts from current parents, which have propelled overall parent participation to 72 percent. Your generosity has brought us closer our goals of achieving 90 percent parent participation and raising $2.37 million by June 30. We are also proud to share that we received 118 gifts from students during our Giving Day campaign. We are amazed by the generosity of the entire school community–THANK YOU!
If you missed the chance to participate in Giving Day and have not yet supported the Annual Fund this year, you can expect to hear from the Annual Fund Form volunteers soon. We are hosting a phonathon on the evening of April 29.
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 on 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: email@example.com | Phone: 508-786-4057
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In honor of National Poetry Month, St. Mark's Poetry Week 2019 will be celebrated from April 22 through 27. Several activities, events, and contests are scheduled, including the ever-popular Haiku-for-a-Sundae co-curricular on Monday, April 22 and a magnetic poetry contest on Thursday, April 25. In addition, the News That Stays News poetry class will be raising awareness for the PEN America Foundation which supports writers living in exile. There will be a study break bake sale the evening of Wednesday, April 24, to raise funds for this charity with both students and faculty donating their kitchen talents to help out. All students have the opportunity to submit to various contests through the week as well as to participate in advisory group and House Cup challenges. The week culminates in a chapel on Tuesday, April 30, where the full school will enjoy their peers work and an evening of poetry.
Three from St. Mark's in the 2019 Boston Marathon
On Monday, April 15, more than 30,000 runners competed in the 123rd Boston Marathon, among them three intrepid athletes from the St. Mark's community.
New Monitors Announced for 2019-2020
At school meeting on Wednesday, April 17, the current Monitors announced the new Monitors for next year at St. Mark's. Current V Form classmates Ashley Battiata and Alex Sumner will be co-Head Monitors for 2019-2020. Working with Sumner and Battiata next year will be fellow Monitors Will Appel, Charles Brookby, Connor Flaherty, Niki Noel, Lora Xie, and Grace Zawadzki.
Musical Theater Club
On Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, the St. Mark's Musical Theater Club will perform Mamma Mia! Student performances on both nights will be held in the Black Box Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission fee, so we are expecting a large crowd on both nights. This wonderful event is open to the entire community, friends, and families. The Musical Theater Club is a student organized and run with over 50 students involved. Break a leg!
All-School & Class of 2019 Photos
Remember in October when we took the All-School and Class of 2019 photos? They are available for purchase! To view, please select the button below.
If you would like to purchase a 2019 yearbook, instructions are below. Please be advised, students may have already paid for a yearbook via their Lion Card in March. This can be verified by contacting Katharine Millet.
Please note, there is a small fee for ordering online (versus using St. Mark's incidental), but the convenience and confidence of ordering this way at this time is likely worth it. Books will be available for student pickup in the first weeks of May.
- Visit www.coffeepond.com
- Follow order central and select yearbooks.
- Enter the password lion2019 and select on-line order and continue.
- Enter your child's name, grade and the book quantity.
- Enter your email under Contact and select add to cart.
Cindy Pierce: Social Media, Consent, and Social Courage Educator
Last week, all of our students had a session with Ms. Cindy Pierce, a social media, consent, and social courage educator. Cindy's message to students was to practice social courage--her phrase for peer accountability before you are expected to use this courage in high-stakes situations. She shared that most people feel they would do the right thing in tough situations, but it takes practice. Upstanding behavior like interrupting bullying or intervening in a situation that may result in sexual assault isn't easy. Being able to be an upstander takes practice, and we should all start by practicing in small ways, for example, stepping in when you see someone litter or leave lights on in an empty room.
Ms. Pierce's talk also helped students think forward to their lives beyond St. Mark's School. She shared that while we are in a community that intentionally focuses on issues connected to citizenship, equity, and bystander intervention. Having this knowledge means our students are in a position to help themselves and those around them make better choices. She reinforced the importance of the "four Ds"--direct, distract, delegate, and delay--as tools that can be used to support someone being targeted and ensure safety. She was also assuring as she shared that many adolescents do things because of perceived norms which is false. Things like "sexting," underage drinking, "hooking up" and others are absolutely not the norm but perceived as normal behavior. She gave factual information and encouraged our students to resist the urge to do things for the sake of fitting in and to lean on peers for positive encouragement with regard to choices.
Thank you in advance for having conversations with your child about the importance of social courage. It is one thing to make good choices as individuals, yet in a residential community, we depend on everyone as we all try to make one another better.
If They Had Known Viewing
On Friday, May 3, St. Mark's will be hosting a viewing of If They Had Known, a documentary spotlighting the perils of high school partying and the mixture of anti-depressants and alcohol. Clay Sloper died far too young and his family has embarked upon a mission to share Clay's story and help other adolescents make healthy decisions around substance use.
This will be a required event for III formers and new IV and V formers. Parents are welcome if you would like to join us. The viewing will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the PFAC.
College Counseling News
Class of 2021 Parents - College Counseling Meeting
Class of 2021 parents are invited to a College Counseling Meeting on Saturday, May 4, from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the Hinkle Room.
Matthew Pietrafetta, CEO and founder of Academic Approach, will join us to share his insight and wisdom about standardized testing. Academic Approach is the company we have partnered with for the past five years the diagnostic tests we offer as well as the test prep classes held during the school year.
Matthew will focus his presentation on the distinctions between the SAT and ACT and how to choose between the two tests, typical timelines for testing, preparation, and the role that testing plays in the admission process. Matthew will also distribute copies of the comprehensive Academic Approach Guide, "Navigating College Admissions Tests," along with other materials. We hope that you will be able to join us on May 4. Please bring your questions. We will be recording the session for those who are not able to make it to campus. So that we can make sure to have the appropriate amount of refreshments and printed materials on hand, please email Eric Monheim at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that you will join us.
Class of 2020 Parents - Boston Independent School College Fair
The annual Boston Independent School College Fair will be held Sunday, April 28, at Milton Academy form 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. More than 100 colleges and universities from around the country and world, as well as a few gap year programs, will be in attendance at the fair. St. Mark's will provide transportation for students to and from the fair for any interested students. Students (and parents) are also welcome to attend the fair on their own. Students who are interested in going on the school-provided bus need to sign up in the College Office by Wednesday, April 24. A list of participating schools is available in the College Counseling Office.
Deans of Students Office News
Chapel News Holy Week and Easter at St. Mark's
On Easter Sunday, April 21, all the churches in the neighborhood are open and available to St. Mark's students and their families, and all are within walking distance from campus: St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 7:45, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (http://stmarkssouthborough.org/); Pilgrim Church (UCC) at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. (https://pilgrimchurch.us/); and St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church at 7:30, 8:30 and 10:30am (https://stannesouthborough.org/). St. Anne's also has an Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. Happy Easter to All!
The advisor selection process for next year starts in the coming weeks. Returning students will be completing Advisor Preference forms. Students are guaranteed to be able to keep their current advisor if they wish to do so (and students whose advisors are returning, around 80 percent usually opt to do so.) Students who wish, or need, to change advisors are required to provide five names, in order of preference, of those they would be comfortable having as an advisor. Forms will be available later next week.
VI Form Dance
Spring is upon us, which means the VI Form Dance is right around the corner! The dance will be held on Thursday, June 6, this year on Boston Marriott Long Wharf. On-campus photos will begin at 4:15 p.m. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.
A reminder that Saturday overnight permissions need to be completed by Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. With Saturday classes and a reduced Deans' Office staff, late requests that come in after the Friday deadline are problematic on many levels. Please help us maintain our communication and safety procedures by filling out Boardingware forms on time. Thank you!
The housing lottery takes place in mid-May. All St. Markers should have a conversation with a classmate whom they feel they can room with for the coming academic year. While some singles may be available they are first granted to House Prefects followed by VI Formers. Most of our students for the duration of their time at St. Mark's have roommates. As the process nears, encouraging honesty and an open mind are very helpful. Students will receive more detailed information in late April.
Student re-enrollment contracts for most returning students in 2019-2020 have been issued online over the past few weeks. Contracts should be accessed again via School Forms Online powered by inResonance. Released re-enrollment contracts were sent out online from email@example.com 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." These have been sent to both parent email addresses for each household, if applicable. The email addresses 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 you have not received your contract by now and are unsure as to why, please reach out to Anne Behnke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By April 20, please complete and submit your re-enrollment contracts and deposits. These are due by the end of this business day, unless otherwise specified. We have recently partnered with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program. This has replaced the current program offered through TMS. FACTS is used by many schools locally and over 6,500 schools nationally. We are excited to be working with them and are confident this program will offer greater efficiency while providing convenience to families. More information is now available about FACTS on our website:
Families, spring is upon us which means your child will be called upon to use their self-advocacy skills in a few major ways between now and end of the year.
Student-Athlete of the Week
Sarah Bechard '22: Sarah played a crucial role in JV Softball's two wins last week. She played stellar defense behind the plate, making numerous run-saving stops in critical situations. Her performance at the plate is what really stood out as she finished the week four for seven with two home runs, six RBIs, and four runs scored. Both of her home runs came in the team's thrilling walk-off win against BB&N. She delivered the critical hit in the seventh inning, tying the game with her second two-run homer of the day and setting the scene for a dramatic finish.
Team of the Week
Varsity girls' tennis: The varsity girls' tennis team picked up two ISL wins last week. Last Friday, on what was supposed to be a nice, sunny afternoon for a tennis match, turned out to be a blustery, wintry day with cold temperatures and wind. The Lions played a great match and fought hard all the way to the end. Number-one singles Tate Frederick '21 played a hard-fought match which was very competitive and fun to watch. Number-two singles Leila Frederick '21 turned the tables on her opponent after dropping her first set. She came back and won a beautifully played second set with amazing serves and beautifully placed shots right down the line. Number-three singles Reevie Fenstermacher '19 outplayed her opponent by anticipating where every shot was going to go. Her angles and her spins were too much for her opponent and she won both sets. Number-four singles Lowell Fenstermacher '22 never gave her opponent a chance from the first point played. Her shots were aggressive and her serves were spot on. Number-five singles Francis Hornbostel '21 walked onto the court with authority and played a near flawless match against her opponent. Number-six singles Emma Simon '21 played a beautiful match in her first singles match of the season. Emma used her drop shots, her wicked serve and topspin to keep her opponent at bay. The St. Mark's number-one doubles teams played terrific matches, helping the Lions to secure the 11-4 victory over Rivers. On Saturday, the Lions continued their winning ways, defeated BB&N 15-0. St. Mark's fought for every point in both singles and doubles and came away with their third league win of the season.
Tess D'Orsi '16, a junior at Princeton, scored four goals to lead the Tigers to a 13-11 win over their arch-rival Penn in a must-win game in pursuit of a sixth-straight Ivy League Championship. After Princeton went up 12-11 with 3:50 left in the game, D'Orsi sealed the victory with a goal into an empty net with 39 seconds left to give Princeton a thrilling win over the Quakers. While at St. Mark's, Tess was a two-sport varsity captain in soccer and lacrosse. She was awarded the ISL Award of Excellence in her senior year and is a three-time All-American in lacrosse. Tess was also named Most Valuable Player in the ISL for two straight years and played on the U19 National Team in 2015.
- JV girls tennis, 6-4 win over Rivers; 10-0 win over BB&N
- Varsity boys' tennis, 5-2 win over Rivers
- Varsity baseball, 9-3 win over Rivers
- JV girls' lacrosse, 10-7 win over Rivers; 12-4 win over BB&N Varsity girls' lacrosse, 12-11 (OT) win over Rivers; 10-5 win over BB&N
- Varsity girls' crew, 4-0 win over BB&N; 2-0 win over Gunnery; 1-0 win over Canterbury; 2-2 tie with Winsor
- Varsity softball, 15-2 win over Rivers
- JV softball, 19-8 win over Milton; 14-13 win over BB&N
- Varsity golf, 6.5-0.5 win over Worcester
- Varsity girls' tennis, 11-4 win over Rivers; 15-0 win over BB&N
- JV baseball, 13-7 win over Rivers
- JV boys' tennis, 10-2 win over BB&N
- Varsity boys' lacrosse, 12-7 win over BB&N
- Varsity boys' crew, 1-1 tie with Canterbury, 1-1 tie with Gunnery
Parent Association News
Faculty and Staff Appreciation
Next week on Wednesday, April 24, we will celebrate 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 over half of the contributions needed for the event. We are particularly in need food for the brunch, gift cards/cash, and gift baskets. 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. (Tip: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the SignUpGenius page for the food section!)
- Use this link to make a financial contribution in support of the event (and the Co-chairs will shop for you!).
Parent Potluck Dinners
Each year, the Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. Thank you to Shalini and Prem Yerabothu who recently hosted the V Form Potluck! The other Forms will gather in May and June:
- III Form - Friday, May 24, hosted by Cathy and Dan Gould in Hopkinton. RSVP online here.
- IV Form - Saturday, May 18, hosted by Eileen Fava and Michael McCarthy in Weston. RSVP online here.
- VI Form - Thursday, June 6, hosted by Diane and Mark Bechard in nearby Ashland (after the VI Form Dance send-off). RSVP online here.
The next meeting of the St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 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 As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner. 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.
April 19-21 - Weekend Activities
April 20 - Open Weekend
April 22-26 - Earth Week & Poetry Week
April 24 - Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day
April 27 - Parents as Partners in Our Students' Learning, Parent Meetup