The latest edition of LEO is out! This edition of LEO features students from all forms.
Window 3 Grades
Window 3 grades and comments are available to parents via NetClassroom on Monday, April 8. Please also note the "C3" grade, which reflects each student's cumulative performance over the course of the year or semester. If there are any questions regarding access to grades and comments, please contact the Technology Department at 508-786-4001. If you would like a paper copy of grades, please contact Claire Messier, registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, please be in touch with your student's advisor for any questions regarding academic progress and their work in classes.
Two St. Markers Named National Merit Finalists
Before March break, two St. Markers—VI Formers Rwick Sarkar and Matthew Walsh—were named National Merit Finalists.
St. Mark's Giving Day
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. Our goal is to raise 600 gifts on Giving Day--one for every member of our community including students, faculty, and staff. These contributions are vital to our mission to educate students to lead lives of consequence. Can we count you in?
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.
The Admission Office sponsored two Revisit Days on Tuesday and Thursday and welcomed accepted family members onto campus for these special events. Thank you to the parents who graciously gave their time to help with these energetic and wonderful days. Great turnouts and impressive energy around these days!
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: https://www.stmarksschool.org/admission/tuition-financial-aid.
Math Department Speaker: Dr. William Dunham
On Tuesday, April 16, the Math Department is pleased to host math historian and author Dr. William Dunham from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Putnam Family Arts Center. His talk is titled "Euler: The Master of Us All." This is a required event for all students.
Community and Equity
Community and Equity Affairs will host the annual AISNE High School Student of Color Conference April 13 and 14, and we need your help! We are looking for parent ambassadors to volunteer between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, April 13, or 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, to offer hospitality and help direct visitors to workshops. We are expecting about 450 visitors over these two days, so no amount of time is too small. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact C&E Director Loris N. Adams (email@example.com) or Assistant C&E Director Starry Zhu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dean of Students Office News
A reminder that Saturday overnight permissions need to be completed by Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. With Saturday classes and a reduced Dean's 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.
Not often do we return from Spring Break with the luxury of practicing on our game fields. Typically they are snowbound and our teams are relegated to indoor space. We were able to get outside earlier than usual this year, and as a result, our teams are coming together well and enjoying a great start to the season. Our ISL schedule kicks into gear this weekend and our student-athletes are very excited to showcase their talents. We hope you have the opportunity to come out and cheer on our teams—we would love the support!
Over Spring Break, baseball, girls' lacrosse, and girls' and boys' crew traveled south to enjoy some warmer weather. I am pleased to share that they had a productive and fun week! Our annual athletic trips can be a transformative experience for our student-athletes, particularly those who may be new to a sport. These travel experiences provide a special opportunity for our athletes to bond as a team and to hone their skills so they can hit the ground running immediately upon return. A heartfelt thank you to our coaches and student-athletes who invested their time and efforts in support of St. Mark's athletics.
Parents' Association News
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 over 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!).
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 for Innovation in Teaching and Learning 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 by email:
email@example.com, or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.