Dear St. Mark's Community,
Thanksgiving break is here, and we are all very thankful! We are also thankful for field hockey and girls' varsity soccer qualifying for the playoffs and for the awesome and popular production of the Fall play, "She Kills Monsters." It's been a busy week with a Gray Colloquium speaker (Go Outreach360!) on Monday, Evening Chapel on Tuesday and the Fall Athletic Awards on Thursday. Unfortunately the Race of Champions on Saturday has been canceled! (Sorry Grant, Hans, and Natalie!). Please check the SM website for more information about these events and more on campus!
Our next Parent Speaker Series meeting of the year will be held this Saturday, November 17, in the Hinkle Room. The gathering starts at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and connecting, followed by the program at 10:00 a.m. November's topic is "Educating the Whole Child: Developing Good Habits and Instincts Outside the Classroom." After a welcome from Head of School John Warren, you will hear from Dean of Students David Vachris and Head Chaplain and Religion Department Chair Barbara Talcott. If you are unable to join us on campus, please save this link to watch the meeting via livestream.
For Thanksgiving, students may depart after SM Saturdays on November 17, and our houses close at 5:00 p.m. Boarding students return in time for evening study on Monday, November 26, and school resumes for all on Tuesday, November 27. The Houses are closed on Sunday, November 25.
At this time, I am reminded how much I have to be thankful for as a member of the St. Mark's community. While our collective lives here on campus can seem to be a little hectic at times and world events outside of Southborough continue to be concerning, I continue to appreciate the support from parents, faculty/staff, and students and the many positive things that continue to happen here on a daily basis. I hope that your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a restful break. We all have much to be thankful for!
Age Quod Agis & Happy Thanksgiving,
David R. Vachris
Dean of Students