News from the St. Mark's Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, and Dean of Faculty
March 5, 2021
COVID-19 Updates

NEW: St. Mark’s Moves to Green Phase
Community & Equity
NEW: Community and Equity Day Celebrates Diversity, Identity
On Wednesday, February 24, St. Mark's held its annual Community and Equity (C&E) Day, this year through a completely virtual format. The entire student, faculty, and staff community took part in a full day of interactive workshops and presentations.
Campus News

NEW: Spring Term Confirmation Update
St. Mark’s was able to accommodate all family requests for boarding, day, and remote status for the remainder of the academic year. Please be on the lookout for an email today, Friday, March 5, with additional details. 

NEW: Quad Games Update
Congratulations to all on a great first day of the 2021 Quad Games on Thursday, March 4! Thursday’s Quad Games set the stage for more thrilling competitions throughout the spring. A big thank you to the captains, faculty members, Mr. Chiasson, and to everyone who participated. Here are some highlights:
  • Writing Contest - International Remote - THAYER WINS! (Jimmy Liu)
  • Ping Pong Female Division - THAYER WINS! (Lily Wang Luo and Tate Frederick)
  • Broomball-Rink - PHOENIX WINS!
  • Math Quest - FEARING WINS!
  • Egg Toss- over 50 players! - FEARING WINS! (Vianey Morris and Leila Frederick) 
  • Ping Pong Male Division - FEARING WINS! (Ryan Harper)
  • Chess Tournament … Online. THAYER WINS! (Norbie Vazquez)
  • Dodgeball- - LARGE WINS!

Thursday’s results:
  • THAYER
  • PHOENIX 
  • LARGE 
  • FEARING 

Day 2 of Quad Games takes place on March 16. Stay tuned! 
 
NEW: The St. Marker: Antiracism Issue
The St. Marker staff is pleased to offer its first antiracism issue.
We hope that you can take some time to scroll through and read some of the reflections offered here on the events of the past week, month, and year, both at the School and in the world. 
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"

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: Important Re-Enrollment Information

Parents of Current III, IV, and V Formers: 
Student Re-Enrollment Contracts for all returning students in 2021-2022 will be issued online beginning next month. Like previous years, contracts will be accessed via School Forms Online powered by inResonance.These will be sent to both parent email addresses for each household, if applicable. The email addresses which will be 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 your email for contract purposes has very recently changed, please email lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org with your updated information.  
 
Tuition Payment Program Information & Due Dates:
The School utilizes FACTS Tuition Management Company to help manage tuition payments and enrollment is required for the semiannual and monthly plans (Plan B & Plan C) or in other words, anyone not paying in full. FACTS is used by many schools locally and over 6,500 schools nationally. Additional information is available about FACTS on our website.

Please note, payment due dates for all three payment plans are July 1, including the 10-month payment plan (Plan C). For those who would like the 12-month plan, your first payment is due in May. This plan along with the semi-annual plan (Plan B) require a FACTS agreement.
 
Timeline: 
  • Beginning March 15: re-enrollment contracts will be sent out online from admission@stmarksschool.org 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.” Contracts will go out in waves over a two- to three-week window and contracts will be sent then only if not 'On Hold' by any of the school's departments.
  • By April 20: completed re-enrollment contracts and deposits are due by the end of this business day. Reminder that deposits are separate from tuition. 
Parents' Association News

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. EDT. 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

NEW: March 31 at 7:00 p.m. EDT - Drawing on Science
We are all scientists doing fieldwork; learning how to observe critically serves students in art and science. Join St. Mark’s Senior Teacher, Barbara Putnam, and hear why it is important to learn how to see, and how she helps students develop art skills that are valuable to science, and how she embeds science into learning how to observe.
Calendar News:
Weekend Activities - March 6 & 7
March 15 - Picture Day Retakes
March 16 - No Classes, Spring Day Off
March 17 - Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
March 25 - Window Three Ends
March 26-29 - No Classes, Spring Days Off/Midsemester Weekend
March 31 - Drawing on Science, 7:00 p.m. EDT
April 6 - No Classes, Spring Day Off
April 19 - No Classes, Patriots' Day
May 5 - No Classes, Spring Day Off
May 20 - No Classes, Spring Day Off