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Club Fair Highlights Variety of Interests and Activities

On Friday, September 21, the annual St. Mark's Club Fair was held at the Putnam Family Arts Center. Representatives of a wide range of student activities staffed tables and were available to answer questions about their respective programs and to sign up potential participants. Select this link to learn more about the Club Fair.

Music in Chapel: Faculty Folk Duo Performs at Morning Service
On Tuesday, September 24, a faculty folk duo was the main event for the regular morning Chapel service. Jason and Sarah Eslick, who perform and record as the folk duo Old Horse, brought acoustic guitars and classic folk harmonies to Belmont Chapel. Read more here.

Five Australian Exchange Students at St. Mark's
This fall, St. Mark's welcomes five exchange students from Australia. They come from two of St. Mark's partner schools as part of the Global Citizenship program. To learn more about the exchange students, visit this link.


Academic News


LEO - St. Mark's Academic Journal
Sponsored by The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, features student work across disciplines. The first issue of LEO for the 2019-2020 academic year is here! This issue features STEM, Global Citizenship, women's rights, travel, Lion Term, and more. Check out amazing and impressive work by Anishka V, Jocelyn C and Maya S, Suh C,, Julia, Reina, and Sydni.


Chapel News


Voluntary Religious Offerings at St. Mark's:
On Friday morning in Morning Chapel, students were introduced to a number of voluntary spiritual and religious opportunities. We encouraged them to take care of their spiritual health and feel free to kindle their spiritual curiosity as things begin to "get real" in the school year. The opportunities, with student and faculty contacts noted, included:

On campus:
20-minute Wednesday Eucharist/Mass in Belmont Chapel: Charles Brookby
Christian Fellowship Group: Emily Taylor, Laryssa Barbosa
J-Team (Jewish students): Sydni Williams, Jocelyn Cote
Openly Secular Group: Daniella Pozo, Thomas Li

Worship Services and Youth Groups in Walking Distance from campus:
St. Anne's Church (Roman Catholic): Libby and Tommy Flathers Pilgrim Church (Congregational): Tom and Nick Haugen
St. Mark's Church (Episcopal): Ms. Morgan

Rides offered to Worship Services and Fellowship Opportunities on Sundays:
Chapel of the Cross (non denominational, Westborough): Ms. Ames

Greater Framingham Community Church (African-American worship style): Ms. Adams

And...
We are always open to new groups and opportunities if any member of the school community would like to organize and lead them. The Crypt is a popular place for our Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and just generally spiritual students to pray or meditate, either alone or together. The direction to Mecca is marked and there is a prayer rug.

Having a spiritual life and center is very helpful when navigating adolescence--or indeed, life in general! We encourage students to explore these opportunities or to create groups/opportunities of their own.

Blessing of the Animals
Students are invited to bring their pets to Chapel on Friday, October 4, at 8:00 a.m. for the Blessing of the Animals honoring the Feast of St. Francis.Students with pets should wait with their pets in the cloister/front circle until the chapel doors open. Then they can walk down the aisle with their pets for the blessing and exit out the side door back to the front circle (at which point I know most of those beatific pets are whisked away by Mom and Dad!). Pets cannot stay on campus for the day, I'm afraid.

Not everyone's pet will make it, so we encourage students to print out a photo of their pet, or even just put their pet's name on a piece of paper, and put the paper on the main altar some time before Tuesday morning, to be blessed after the service is over. We especially encourage any student who has lost a pet to make sure that a photo or name is included in this way in the blessing.

Confirmation and Baptism at St. Mark's School
Christian confirmation (and baptism) preparation is held on campus beginning in late February. This preparation leads up to a service in our own Belmont Chapel in late April. Students from all grades and denominations are welcome to participate, and it's usually a pretty diverse group in both respects. If you and your child are interested in this program, contact the school's Chaplain at barbaratalcott@stmarksschool.org (but there is no big rush, given the start date, and I will remind you again a few times via the newsletter).

Roman Catholic-specific preparation is held at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, walking distance from campus, beginning in September. It leads up to a service in Worcester in late spring. If you and your child are interested in this program, learn more at http://stannesouthborough.org/confirmation-prepara... or you can contact Monica Shay at monica@stannesouthborough.org or 508.485.0141. Students will be excused from school commitments to attend these classes as necessary.


Gray Colloquium


Dr. Michael Greenwald '02 - October 3, 2019
The Gray Colloquium kicks off its year on the theme of "Civil Discourse" with our first speaker, a 2002 St. Mark's alumnus, Dr. Michael Greenwald. Among many other positions, Dr. Greenwald is a Belfer Center for Finance and International Affairs Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, and he specializes in the economics of national security, international finance, sanctions, intelligence, and diplomacy, focusing his expertise on the Gulf/Middle East, Europe, and Africa. He's also worked in a senior role at the United States Treasury and for the White House National Security Council (NSA). While on campus, Dr. Greenwald will be speaking to the school community about his journey from diplomacy to finance, education, and philanthropy.

To learn more about Dr. Michael Greenwald, select this link.


Global News


Through our Program Partner, Envoys, we are pleased to offer three options for programs for international students over the Thanksgiving break who may not be traveling home. This year they are:
  • Skiing in Colorado
  • Environmental Conservation in Baja, California
  • University Life in Boston
Envoys builds in excursions, time for studying and relaxing, group-building activities, and meaningful inquiry around the program themes including visits to NGOs, universities, and opportunities for fun and adventure. Information about the Thanksgiving programs is available here.

Please contact. Dr. Appell-Warren with any questions.


Athletic News


Athlete of the Week: Delaney Grace '21
On Wednesday, varsity field hockey got its first win of the season with a come from behind win over Loomis Chaffee. In the win, Delaney Grace '21 netted two goals, including the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal in overtime. Avery McInerny '22 also chipped in with a goal. On Saturday, varsity field hockey defeated Middlesex 2-1 with goals from Madison Michals '21 and Catie Summers '21. Phoebe Macleod '20 and Madison Michals assisted on two goals. While Delaney's name didn't appear on the scoresheet on Saturday, her communication on the field was instrumental to the team's success. She organized her teammates offensively and defensively, and she also helped her teammates distribute the ball throughout the top half of the field.

Team of the Week: Boys' JV Cross Country
St. Mark's hosted Belmont Hill and St. Paul's on a hot afternoon in Southborough. St. Mark's ended the day with victories over both opponents (Belmont Hill 15-50 and St. Paul's 17-42). Newcomer James Lammert '21 led the way, winning his first high school XC race. James was followed by Jack Griffin '20, Ben Croft '23, Austin Hunt '23, Assistant Captain Ryder Henry '20, Noon Chanshanwut '21, and Assistant Captain Will Osborne '20. The JV team extended its regular season undefeated streak, which dates back to 2015, to 56-0. Overall, St. Mark's took the top four, and seven of the top ten places in this quad race. We will face teams from Milton, Middlesex, and Thayer at home next weekend.

Alumni News: Laquan McKever '18
On Friday, September 20, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team defeated Cornell, 61-7. In the win, Laquan McKever '18 totaled a career-high 149 yards from 24 carries against the Big Red. In the victory, McKever also scored his first collegiate touchdown. In two games this season, McKever has rushed for 258 yards, and he has two receptions for 29 yards. McKever and the Quakers will take on Post University on Saturday, September 28, in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Highlights
  • Girls' varsity soccer defeated Marianapolis 6-0 and Middlesex 2-1.
  • Varsity field hockey defeated Loomis 3-2 and Middlesex 2-1.
  • Girls' JV soccer tied Middlesex 2-2.
  • Boys' varsity cross country beat Belmont Hill 21-35.
  • Boys' varsity soccer beat Millbrook 4-3.
  • Boys' JV cross country beat St. Paul's 17-41 and Belmont Hill 15-50.
  • Girls' JV cross country beat St. Paul's 19-40.
  • JV field hockey beat Middlesex 2-0.

Wellness News


Yoga
Yoga represents a practice that has equal effects on both the mind and body. Taking the time to take care of yourself and participating in yoga has so many added benefits but not limited to increased flexibility, improved heart health, and the reduction in both stress and anxiety levels.

Our students lead an active life at St. Mark's. Those students that do not get an opportunity to participate in Heather Harwood's yoga class after school has been asking for additional venues to experience yoga. Thanks to Ritu Kapur one Friday night a month our community can partake in yoga. This past Friday, over 25 students came out to enjoy some much-needed relaxation. Future Friday night yoga sessions are on the all-school calendar and everyone is welcome to attend.


Weekend Activities


What's up this weekend? Follow this link to learn more about the happenings on campus this Saturday and Sunday. You can also view this information by viewing our story on Instagram.



Dean of Students Office News


Boardingware Student Sign In/Out
The academic year is underway, and life is busy. For that reason, we are sharing reminders about how to best communicate with St. Mark's regarding times when your child needs to be away from school.

Important Notes for Review:
  1. If you have not received this email invitation to Boardingware, please check your spam folder and then contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance. Returning families may use the same username and password from previous years.
  2. Please take a moment to review this Boardingware Reminders document.
  3. If your child needs to be away for medical reasons please contact Health Services directly at 508.786.6373.
  4. Please be sure to complete Overnight Permissions by 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. If it is necessary to request an overnight after the Friday 3:00 p.m. deadline, you must contact the Administrator on Duty at 508.380.8667.
Anytime a boarding student leaves campus in a car, even with parents or an advisor, we ask that students go through the proper sign out procedure. Students need to get permission from a faculty member to leave, check their riding permission status, and sign out properly using Boardingware. We truly appreciate your support in this matter. When in doubt, sign out!

If you are requesting special permission to miss a school commitment, we ask that you give us a number of days heads up to complete the process. All special permissions should be emailed to deanofstudents@stmarksschool.org or to Ms. Stacey Lee. Thank you for your help with these deadlines.

RAVE Alert Notification System Test
All emergency contacts provided to us in this year's Family Information Form (FIF) should have received our test message from our RAVE Alert Notification System via text and/or email. If you did not receive the RAVE Alert on Friday, September 27, or if have any changes to your emergency contact information, please be sure to contact Ms. LaFreniere as soon as possible.



Vacation Transportation 2019-2020


$100 each way to Connecticut/N.Y.
$35 each way to Logan Airport (charged to Lion Card)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Connecticut/New York Bus
12:30 p.m. departure (Chaperone: Marion Donovan)
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 12:30 p.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 2:30 p.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 4:30 p.m. The bus will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 6:15 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Minivan to Logan Airport
12:30 p.m. departure from Athletic Center (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Return to St. Mark's
A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., next stopping on1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Minivan pickup from Logan airport 6:00 p.m. (Neil Cifuentes)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Connecticut/New York Bus
9:00 a.m. departure (Chaperone: Marion Donovan)
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 a.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 p.m. It will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Minivan to Logan airport
9:00 a.m. departure from Athletic Center (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Return to St. Mark's
Connecticut/New York Bus (Chaperone: Neil Ciefuentes)
A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., next stopping on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m. Minivan pickup at Logan airport 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

Connecticut/New York Bus
9:00 a.m. departure
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 a.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 p.m. It will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Minivan to Logan airport
9:00 a.m. departure from Athletic Center

Monday, March 23

Return to St. Mark's

A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., stopping on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Minivan pickup from Logan airport
6:00 p.m. (Neil Cifuentes)


College Counseling News


Save the Date - Family Weekend & V Form College Weekend
Friday, Oct. 11 – Saturday. Oct. 12


Parents and guardians of current St. Markers, please join us for our annual Family Weekend & V Form College Weekend! This year we're integrating schedules for an enhanced parent experience.

You'll be able to attend advisor conferences, meet faculty, learn about Chapel, join informational sessions relevant to your student, socialize with fellow parents, hear from Head of School John C. Warren '74, cheer on our teams, and do so much more. See the preliminary schedule here.

The weekend kicks off Friday at 1:30 p.m. Families of color and Asian/Asian-American families, please join us at noon Friday for affinity luncheons.

Registration for Family Weekend & V Form College Weekend is required and will open Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 a.m. Please note: This is a new day and time than previously communicated. You will receive the online registration link via email in the coming weeks.

For more information about Family Weekend email the Advancement Office at advancement@stmarksschool.org. Email Maria Galvin at mariagalvin@stmarksschool.org about the V Form College Weekend program.

Family Weekend Speaker: Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost?

Anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations are increasing student conditions at many competitive high schools. Most of these schools promote themselves as being committed to students' holistic development in academics, athletics, and the arts, and in their personal, social, and emotional growth. So why are so many students struggling?

On Friday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m. in the Class of '45 Hall in the Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark's will present Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools. Dr. Gleason is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling and consulting services, as well as neuropsychological assessments, within public, independent and international schools. He presents workshops and seminars at schools and at conferences around the world.


Parents Association News


Volunteers Needed for Annual Fund Team and October 21 Phonathon
St. Mark's finished the 2018-2019 Annual Fund year strong, thanks in great part to the amazing support of our parents! Overall the School raised $2,297,004, including $847,093 from parents, and achieved a record-setting 88 percent parent participation! THANK YOU to all who contributed, and to our Annual Fund volunteers for calling and emailing fellow parents to encourage participation.

Building on the Annual Fund's success last year, we've set our sights on raising $2.4 million and achieving 90 percent parent participation in 2019-2020. To achieve this, we'll need everyone's support! Mike Pellini, P'20, will again serve as the Annual Fund Parent Chair and work closely with Form Chairs and the Form volunteers. We are currently seeking a parent volunteer to chair the IV Form Annual Fund team and lead a small group of returning volunteers.

We also need volunteers in all Forms to participate as phonathon callers. Our first parent phonathon this year is Monday, October 21. We'll be calling current families to discuss their gifts or commitments. We look forward to speaking with you about your gift! This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow parents in your Form while supporting our incredible school. It's a fun event on campus with great camaraderie and even a little friendly competition among callers. Please email Annie Pfaff in the Advancement Office at anniepfaff@stmarksschool.org if you can help.

Form Potlucks
Each year, the Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. We are seeking III, V, and VI Form parents who would be willing to host a fall potluck gathering at their home. If you enjoy connecting with other parents and live relatively close to Southborough, please consider hosting a future gathering of 'your' Form. Please contact Michelle Davis at St.MarksPA@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer. IV Form Parents, please save the date! The IV Form fall potluck will be held on Friday, November 22 at the home of Gwen and Larry Bloch, P'22. An invitation with link to RSVP will be sent via eVite in the coming weeks.

Parents, Faculty and Staff Book Group
The first 2019-2020 St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club meeting is Wednesday, October 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.in the Red Hall Conference Room (Please note room change. Red Hall is on the second floor of the Main building just beyond the College Counseling area). If you are in the area, please stop by for book discussion, a bit of socializing, and light snacks.

While we hope to touch on all five summer book titles at this first meeting, we will focus on Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, the All-School Read selection. There's no pressure to read or finish all five books. At the end of this first meeting, members will choose one book to discuss at the November meeting.

Book selections for this summer/early fall, which will be discussed at the first meeting, are:

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (the St. Mark's All-School Summer Reading Book)

You don't have to have read all of the above books to attend! Email Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21, '21 at joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski, Admission Coordinator, at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org with questions or comments, or if you want to be added to the group's email distribution list.