News from the St. Mark's Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, and Dean of Faculty
May 8, 2020
Shout out to the Gattusos and Hornbostels for correctly identifying where I was last week (On the Ritz patio overlooking the West Campus fields).
Move-Out Plans and Schedule
On Wednesday, May 6, emails were sent to families regarding two options for move out. Below are links to both emails and a brief description of each option. Please contact the Dean of Students' office at deanofstudents@stmarksschool.org with any questions.

Return to campus between May 11 and June 13 to pack up your belongings and move out. Please choose a time slot on the SignUpGenius form (choose your House—only ONE time slot).

For those who cannot make it back to campus to retrieve belongings, please fill out this survey .
Academic News
High School Student Survey of Student Engagement
St. Mark's School will participate in the High School Survey of Student Engagement this coming Monday, May 11. The survey assesses the extent to which students are involved in a variety of educational activities, and will help teachers and administrators design school improvement initiatives. We believe that it is especially important for us to be aware of how students are engaging during this time. Individual students will not be identified on the surveys, and participation in the survey is voluntary. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Institutional Research Dr. Sarah Enterline at sarahenterline@stmarksschool.org .  

Parent Remote Learning Survey
Please use this survey to send us feedback about your family's experience with St. Mark's remote learning. Feedback from this survey will be shared on an ongoing basis with the Academic Council, Community Life Council, head of school, senior administrative team, and others as appropriate. You can return to this survey and submit additional responses at any time. If your feedback varies by child, feel free to submit separate responses. Take the survey .

Congratulations to the new members of the Gray Colloquium Student Committee! 
Heads: Clara Hua and Daniella Pozo
Princess Alexander
Sophie Chiang
Abby Griffin
Carl Guo
Sunny Li
Martin Ma
Bella Murray
Kanav Sahani
Shreeya Sareddy
Kelly Yang
Arjun Yerabothu
Taylor Zhou

2020-2021 Gray Colloquium winning theme:
Meaning of Life/Finding a Greater Purpose
Do our lives have a meaning? Or are we wanderers who only live for the moment? If we do live for a purpose, what is it? Does that purpose vary among individuals? And does it pass away because of suffering? This theme will dive deep into what it means to be a human and a citizen in contemporary society, how one finds purpose in the bustling world, and what that purpose might be. Through sharing personal examples, speakers will share their views regarding the meaning of life and how they incorporate it into their daily lives. Stay tuned for details on speakers and program dates. 
Center News
Here's a quick read for parents who'd like to try out some new questions as they engage in conversations with teens (and others in their socially distanced lives): “20 Questions to Ask Instead of ‘How Are You Doing Right Now?’” by Elizabeth Weingarten in Quartz (April 10, 2020)

Many St. Markers have enjoyed cooking and baking during their time at home. If you or your children are eager to learn more, here are some resources to explore:

There are loads of freely available learning opportunities out there. If you'd like the Center to help "curate" a particular learning opportunity for you or your St. Marker, please email the Center director, Colleen Worrell ( colleenworrell@stmarksschool.org ).
Show your Lion Pride!
Launch of Online Store
Be sure to visit our online store , your destination for official St. Mark’s apparel, before it closes on Sunday, May 10. https://pws.atlanticsportswear.com/product-cat/st-marks-school-grey-navy-navy-white-2020/ .
Orders must be received by Sunday, May 10 . Order today!
 
St. Mark’s School Zoom Backgrounds
Want to show some St. Mark's pride on your next Zoom call? Download one of these St. Mark’s Zoom backgrounds ! Here's some information to get you started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background
Campus News
All-School & VI Form Class Photo Orders
In times of uncertainty, even if we cannot be with those closest to us, it is important to hold onto the memories. We are offering the Class of 2020 and all-School photographs now to remind you that even though you have to celebrate the end of the year and graduation apart, you all accomplished something amazing together in 2019-2020!  

Click below, and order by May 31 to receive a discounted price on your photograph!


Spiritual Reflections
Twice a week, we gathered for prayer, meditation and reflection, St. Mark's School style. The Chaplains at St. Mark's would like to offer that same kind of reflection to you, twice a week, by email. Reflections will be short and inclusive: mindful of the present, but rooted in the eternal. Sign up if you are interested , and spread the word!
 
Join the St. Mark’s B.A.A. 10k Team!
On Sunday, November 22, a team of seven St. Mark’s faculty members will participate in the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The team is Lauren Ames, Veronica Barila, Casey Bates, Amanda Hultin, Lindsey Lohwater, Elise Morgan, and KK Roussinos. Please join the team today by clicking "REGISTER" here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/age-quod-agis  
Dean's Office News
Advisor Selection
Advisor Request Forms were sent to students on Friday, May 1. Check out the newest LOOM video from the Deans’ Office focusing on the Advisor Selection Process. 
 
Housing Lottery
The housing lottery takes place in mid-May. All St. Markers should reach out to a classmate with whom they feel they can room for the coming academic year. While some singles may be available, they are first granted to House Prefects, followed by VI Formers. Most of our students have roommates for the duration of their time at St. Mark's. As the process nears, encouraging honesty and an open mind is very helpful. 
 
Housing lottery (selection of numbers) will take place the Week of May 11
Single room lottery will take place the Week of May 18
Housing selections will take place on May 25
 
Student Leadership Selection Process
In a Loom video , I talked about this process in last week’s newsletter. If you missed it, here is the link .
Parents’ Association News
Parent/Faculty/Staff book club
The St. Mark’s Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
 
Interested in attending?  Please email Laurie Kalapinski at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org or Joanne Flathers at joanne@flathersfamily.net to get the Zoom link the morning of Thursday, May 21. As always, interest does not mean obligation. We understand circumstances can change quickly.
 
We will discuss what members are reading, have read, or plan to read.  As this will be our final book club meeting for the 2019-2020 academic year, we also will create a list of summer reading titles.
 
Titles members recommend or are currently reading include: 

  • The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden
  • The Feast Nearby: How I Lost My Job, Buried a Marriage, and Found My Way by Keeping Chickens, Foraging, Preserving, Bartering, and Eating Locally by Robin Mather
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • Unfinished Journey by Yehudi Menuhin
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • Three Days at the Brink by Bret Baier
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
  • Sourdough by Robin Sloan
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
 
Members are looking to their own bookshelves, virtual local library services, Little Library projects around their hometowns, Nook/Kindle book downloads, and Amazon in search of their next read. Have any book “places” to share while we await the return of public libraries and bookstores?  Send them along, thanks!
 
Faculty and Staff Appreciation on May 18
We’re conveying our appreciation for all that our faculty and staff do year-round and during this pandemic during a social media event on May 18. We invite you to recognize those who go above and beyond in the classroom, on the athletic field, in our homes (both on campus and remotely), and everywhere else at St. Mark’s.
 
Thank you to everyone who has sent in notes of appreciation.  We could use some more by Wednesday, May 13! 
 
Here’s how you can help:
 
Click here to submit a note and photo.
 
Tell us why you appreciate St. Mark’s faculty and staff. Provide a general note of thanks or explain how they have impacted you.
 
Take a photo of yourself and your family, maybe even the pets! You can even add a note, poster, or sticker in your photo. Be creative!
 
Throughout the day on May 18 we’ll post the notes and photos on St. Mark’s social media.
 
Want to send a note to a specific faculty or staff member? Please email them directly on May 18. Find their email on the School directory .
 
 
Don’t forget to check out St. Mark’s social media on May 18!

Wellness News
Webinar: Frazzled Families and Overcoming Parental Burnout During
COVID-19
Parenting is never an easy endeavor. In these uncertain times, families are working remotely, educating their children, and looking after everyone's wellbeing. Burnout and exhaustion are real phenomena. Here is a webinar that can help you manage the daily stress of living in quarantine. View Now .
St. Mark's News:
105 New Students Enrolled for
2020-2021 School Year
The St. Mark's Admission Office reports great success as it looks ahead to the 2020-2021 academic year. This coming fall, St. Mark's will welcome 105 new students, and 24 states and 15 countries will be represented in next year's student body.

20 From the Class of 2020 to Play College Sports Next Year
Next year, 20 members of the St. Mark's Class of 2020 will be committed to participating in college and university athletic programs. Five will be in Division I, one will be playing Division II, and 14 will be suiting up for Division III programs. This week, these talented St. Mark's athletes are being recognized by the School.

Calendar News:
May 9 - PDL and House Prefects Announced
Week of May 11 - Housing Lottery
May 18 - Faculty and Staff Appreciation
May 21 - Parent/Faculty/Staff book club