News from the St. Mark's Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, and Dean of Faculty
February 19, 2021
COVID-19 Updates

NEW: Return to Yellow Phase
Due to no additional positive test results in our student population, St. Mark's returned to the Yellow phase of our Campus Operational Phase Levels on Friday, February 19. To view this full message, select this link or visit our COVID-19 Updates webpage.
Campus News

NEW: New Residence Hall Approved
In an email announcement on February 18, Head of School John C. Warren '74 shared details of the approval of St. Mark's new residence hall. The full announcement can be viewed here.
Updated: 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 resubmit the form. The deadline to resubmit the form is March 1.

Our Capacity Task Force will be analyzing those requests and determining the next steps in balancing those requests with our health and safety frameworks. Presently, our data from the Affirmation of Intent forms show that we are over capacity (more requests than rooms). Therefore, an accurate account of families’ intentions is imperative at this time.

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 on PCR tests and quarantining is listed below. Please mark the dates of the March 27-29 weekend as the move-in days. 

We are not entertaining further boarding move-ins until the March 27-29 weekend.

NEW: PCR Test and Quarantine Reminder for Students Returning to In-Person Learning
As a reminder, students who are returning for in-person learning in March must arrive on campus with evidence of a negative PCR test that is no more than seven days old. All students must quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. As announced in the December 19 Deans’ Weekly, students are permitted to quarantine at home, provided the following requirements are followed:

  • A 14-day quarantine with no contact with others outside of the home and no travel outside the home must be completed. We also ask that family members limit contact with others, especially large groups, to the extent possible.
  • As noted above, students must arrive on campus with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that is no more than seven days old. Leaving the home to obtain a COVID-19 PCR test does not violate the quarantine requirements.
  • Students must arrive via private transportation directly from their quarantine location without staying overnight at another location, such as a hotel, en route.

Please contact Director of Health Services Adria Pavletic at adriapavletic@stmarksschool.org with any questions about the quarantine process.
Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with St. Mark’s on Social Media #BHMatSM

UPDATED: Week of February 15
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

LAST CHANCE: VI Form Yearbook Recognition Ads
Are you or someone you know looking for a way to celebrate your graduating VI Former? What better way than to purchase a recognition ad in the yearbook! There is a range of sizes and costs available—and you can design and pay for your ad all on the convenient Jostens website

This is your last chance to purchase a recognition ad! In an effort to help families take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, we have extended the deadline to submit ads until Sunday, February 28 at midnight. This is a hard deadline, and after this time, it will not be possible to purchase an ad. 

Click here to access the ad website (select "Recognition Ads") and get started.  
 
You can read this pamphlet if you need more information on logistics. 

Questions can be directed to the St. Mark's Jostens representative, Chris Spelman

NEW: Picture Day Ordering Information
Coffee Pond Photography recently sent information for ordering your child’s school portraits on February 19. If you did not receive this information via email, please contact their Customer Care Department directly for assistance.
Please be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from lifeguards@coffeepond.com.

Customer Care Department Contact:
By Phone: 1-800-632-2323 ext. "0"

UPDATED: Picture Day Retakes | March 15
As a reminder, Picture Day retakes will be held on March 15. Please select this link to learn more.
Admission News

NEW: Re-Enrollment Reminder
To all non-graduating families: please stay tuned to the Dean's Weekly over the next few weeks for important information about the annual re-enrollment process. This process will be taking place in the second half of March. More details and instructions coming soon!
Parents' Association News

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
Calendar News:
Weekend Activities - February 20-21
February 24 - Community & Equity Day
March 15 - Picture Day Retakes
March 17 - Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club