News from the St. Mark's Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, and Dean of Faculty
February 12, 2021
Campus News

REMINDER: Spring Days Off
As a reminder, this weekend marks the first in a series of days off this spring in lieu of the traditional spring break. A complete calendar of days is listed below: 

  • Friday, February 12—Monday, February 15 (Lunar New Year and Presidents' Day Weekend)
  • Thursday, March 4
  • Tuesday, March 16
  • Friday, March 26—Monday, March 29 (Midsemester Weekend)
  • Tuesday, April 6
  • Monday, April 19 (Patriots Day Weekend)
  • Wednesday, May 5
  • Thursday, May 20

Weekend Activities for the upcoming long weekend can be found here: February 12-15 

NEW: Day Student News - Weekday Breakfast
Starting Tuesday, February 16, Day Students may come to breakfast on weekday mornings. Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. This is a trial run and we ask that day students be sensitive to and avoid the potential “rush” time right before 8:00 a.m. (first block). We ask that students continue to complete their health checks and pick up their daily bracelet before heading to the Dining Hall.

NEW: Students Returning to Boarding Windows:
At the end of Window 3, we will be shifting into the spring and making changes to boarding, day, and remote status based on the Affirmation of Intent form that families have submitted in December. If you want or need to update your situation, please re-submit the form.

Our Capacity Task Force will be analyzing those requests and determining the next steps in balancing those requests with our health and safety frameworks. 

The weekend of March 27-29 is slated to be the move-in weekend for the spring. Similar to past move-in days, we will send out a SignUpGenius for families to sign up for move-in slots. Boarders arriving in March will need to have an off-campus PCR test (within seven days) and quarantine until their second screening (done here on campus) comes back negative. More information about times and quarantining will follow. Please mark the dates of the March 27-29 weekend as the move-in days.

We are allowing a few students to transition to boarding on the weekend of February 26. This window is set up for those families whose circumstances have changed over the winter and necessitate an earlier move-in date. If your circumstances have shifted, please reach out to Dean's Office about the possibility of moving in at the end of February.  

After the weekend of February 26, we will not be entertaining further boarding move-ins until the March 27-29 weekend.

NEW: Remote St. Markers: Multilingual Journal "Lingoscope"
Christine Ling '23 has released the first edition of Lingoscope, an interscholastic, multilingual online publication. It is a wholly student-run online platform "where students learning foreign languages can engage with each other and publish their work." Read More
NEW: Happy Lunar New Year! | Year of the Ox
On Friday, February 12, the Asian Student Alliance (ASA) hosted the annual Lunar New Year celebration. This year, dim sum and virtual games were offered to the School community. To view photos from the celebration on SmugMug, select this link.  
UPDATED: Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with St. Mark’s on Social Media #BHMatSM
Follow along as we celebrate Black heroes, provide C&E educational videos, and feature members of our community on social media this month! Select the links below view this week’s posts: 


Save the Date! C&E Day is Wednesday, February 24
Academic News
 
REMINDER: Window Two and Semester One Grades Are Now Available
Window Two grades are now available in the parent portal. As a reminder, faculty will compose narrative comments to accompany grades at the close of Window Three. View Grades.
Parents' Association News

NEW: February 8 - Recording of the Parent Speaker Series - Supporting Student Wellness
On February 8 members of the Dean of Students Office shared new and continuing programs supporting student wellness. Watch the program recording here.
 
NEW: Battle of the Brews/ Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day A Success
Special thanks to Claudia Liberatore and all the parent volunteers who put together thank you cards and sent them with Starbucks and Dunkin gift cards to the faculty and staff!
  
February 17, 2021 - Pop Trivia, 7:00 p.m. EST
Following the success of our fall Pop Trivia night for St. Mark’s parents, we are now offering it again to our entire adult community! Join current parent Amy Frederick P’21 as she leads a fun and interactive evening of trivia. Please register here by February 16.

NEW: March 17, 2021 - Parent/Faculty/Staff book Club
The March meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, March 17, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST. The title is The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. At the end of this meeting, we’ll choose a title for April. 
 
Interested in attending? Please email Laurie Kalapinski at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org or Joanne Flathers at joanne@flathersfamily.net to receive the Zoom link invitation the morning of Wednesday, March 17.
 
Other book titles mentioned by members, in no particular order, are:
  • The Company Daughters by Samantha Rajaram
  • Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me by Sopan Deb
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
Yearbook & Picture Day News

NEW: Picture Day retakes will be held on March 15

Calendar News:
Weekend Activities - February 12-15

February 12 - Lunar New Year
February 15 - Presidents' Day, No Classes
February 17 - Pop Trivia, 7:00 p.m. EST | Register Now
February 24 - Community & Equity Day
March 15 - Picture Day Retakes
March 17 - Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club