St. Mark's Parent Guild Bulletin

April 4, 2013

Thank You to our Grandparents & Friends Day Committee!

A huge thank you to Gisette Leathers and her committee for organizing such a special day for our students' Grandparents & Friends! We captured beautiful smiles from all generations on campus, please click here to see some pictures. Don't worry, there are more to come! The Parent Guild is proud to use funds raised throughout the year to help provide this special day on campus.

The Parent Guild's largest fundraiser is Scarborough Fair, which will be held on Saturday, October 26th. Because we rely on funding from Scarborough Fair to support our yearly activities, it is never too early to suggest a potential underwriter or help in expanding our list of community partners. We do no solicit parents directly to underwrite the cost of Scarborough Fair so our committee works through the summer to secure funding from our neighboring businesses and friends. If you have suggestions for underwriters or would like to approach a corporate sponsor on our behalf, please contact me at Click here to see our list of previous underwriters.

Don't forget tomorrow is Dads & Donuts, please RSVP to

Have a wonderful weekend,

Carrie Gillette

Parent Guild Vice President

Did you know?

  • All Parent Guild meeting minutes are available online, including our April minutes from yesterday. Please click here to read the minutes.

  • The Lion's Den Spiritwear Store is open every Friday morning from 7:30-8:45. We just received a new item, BPA-free plastic tumblers!

  • The Helping Hands committee meets every Wednesday morning in the Lower School Teacher's Lounge and can always use help. The committee helps teachers prepare projects by tracing, cutting and glueing - no advance skills required! Contact Jennifer Funderburk to learn more.

  • Has your student outgrown uniform pieces? You can always drop off unwanted uniforms at Ms. Reid's desk to be sold at our annual Used Uniform sales in the summer.

St. Mark's Shirt for Summertime!

We are excited to introduce a tie-dye shirt for students to show their Lion's Pride! Order forms will be sent home in this week's Friday folder or you can download the form here. Please complete and return by Thursday, April 18th. Thank you to 3rd grade parent Jessica Phillips for sharing your time & creativity in designing the shirt.

A message from the Grandparents & Friends Chairperson

I hope everyone enjoyed Grandparents Day last week. Thanks to all committee members for their help: Patty Wailes, Alexis DeLuca, Alison Birdwell, Karen Hautz, Ashley Baxter, Katie Dunphy, Margaret Rendall, Stasa Cushman, Anna Scholtes, Alicia Bowling, Allison Pritchett, Laura Masters and Mitch Barrier. Thanks to great photographers: Ali Dodson, Danielle Batchelor, and Aimee Shapiro. A special thanks to St. Mark's administration and staff for their wonderful help.

Please let me know if you have any comments/suggestions about the day.

Thanks, Gisette Leathers at

Un-Gala Decorations - Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help decorate the campus next week for the Un-Gala on Saturday, April 13. Available timeslots are: Monday April 8th - Thursday, April 11th from 8-11 a.m., Friday, April 12th in the afternoon or Saturday, April 13th in the morning. Please contact Nicole Ellithorpe at if you are able to lend a hand during any of those times.

Book Club on April 12th

Join the Parent Education Committee Book Club on Friday April 12th at 8:00 a.m. in Hauser Hall as we discuss "Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth about the Pre-Teen Years" by Carl Pickhardt, PhD. In this book Dr. Pickardt answers why do many good children increasingly treat each other badly starting as early as late elementary school; when does this meanness become most common; what are the objectives this deliberate mistreatment; how is it typically delivered; and what can parents and teachers do to help children in response?

Please let us know if you are interested in attending at

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation week is May 6th - 10th. We will be having a luncheon for the teachers during the week and are looking for volunteers to help with the event or provide desserts for the staff. If you are interested in helping, please contact Tonya Pickron at

Heritage Festival - Volunteer Sign up

Please mark your calendars for the Heritage Festival on May 10th! The Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15 and we invite & encourage all parents to attend. There are many ways parents can help us make this cultural celebration a success! If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Gury Doshi or Hala Issa - Ahmad at

see you around campus at these fun events

April 5 - Dads & Donuts, 7:15 a.m. in Hauser Hall

April 12 - Book Club Discussion, 8:00 a.m in Hauser Hall

May 3 - Box Top Drive during morning drop-off

May 3 - Dads & Donuts, 7:15 a.m. in Hauser Hall

May 5 - Ice Cream Social for Incoming & Buddy Families

May 10 - Heritage Festival