St. Mark's Parent Guild Bulletin

November 29, 2012

Kicking off the Holiday Season!

Hello St. Mark's Families-

We are excited to offer families the option of contributing to the Holiday Fund as a way to recognize your children's teachers and staff at St. Mark's. The idea behind this is to enable families to remember all of the St. Mark's community during the Holiday Season- even those people who may not be first in mind. This is the third year the Parent Guild has facilitated this effort, and the recipients are always overjoyed with their gifts!

For your convenience, there are two ways to participate in the Holiday Fund. A donation box is present in Ms. Reid's office, or you can click here to participate online. The deadline for receiving these gifts is December 18. At that time, contributions will be tallied and distributed equally to all the teachers and staff as a holiday gift from our families. From my perspective, this is a wonderful way to remember my children's teachers at the holidays. I usually send a card telling them we appreciate them and have donated to the fund in their honor.

Wishing your family a blessed Christmas season,

Carla Singer, Parent Guild President

Breakfast with Santa

By now you have received your invitation for the 19th annual Breakfast with Santa. The team of volunteers led by Elizabeth Trammell and Debbie Chenevert are hard at work planning a morning in Santa's Workshop for our families on December 1. This fun morning includes arts and crafts, breakfast, and pictures with Santa.

This is an incredibly popular event for our community, so be sure and turn in your RSVP form by tomorrow, November 16.

Poinsettia Sale

It's not too late to deck the halls with Poinsettias, while supporting the Parent Guild!

Orders are due November 16, and Poinsettias will be delivered on December 4.

Jingle Bell Express

Participation in Jingle Bell Express is a St. Mark's community tradition. Our Pre-K classes are leading the charge this year. This program, through the Christian Community Service Center, brings holiday joy to Houston families who are less fortunate through Christmas gifts for children. Please consider joining them by donating a new, unopened toy to Jingle Bell Express. There is a collection box in the Early Childhood hallway, and toys can be dropped off in the front office.

Parent Education Evening Panel Event

December 5 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m in the Gym. Seating and light refreshments begin at 6:30.

"Contemporary Parenting Concerns: What is it about over-scheduling, technology and sexuality that gives us anxiety as parents?" We are hosting several speakers for the purpose of addressing these anxiety provoking parenting situations. Please join us and gain insight and perspective from our outstanding panel. Dr. Jennifer Welch, Ph.D. is a St. Mark's parent as well as a Middle School Counselor, Genie Darilek is our Health teacher, and Dr. Amy B. Acosta, Ph.D.

Any questions for the panel can be directed to John Price at

Parent Education TED Talk

Have you ever heard of TED? Join us on December 10 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m in Hauser Hall. Seating and light refreshments begin at 6:30.

This TED (Techonology, Entertainment, Design) talk will be hosted by Garhett Wagers. We will present a pre-recorded TED talk video with a focus on education and learning followed by a discussion. We will watch Diane Laufenberg in her November 2010 TED Talk "How to learn? From mistakes" in which she shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending at

Dads and Donuts Will Be Back In January

We are so happy with the turnout for Dads and Donuts each month! With all of the other school and work events families are a part of in December, this great event will be back on January 11.

see you at these events around campus

12/1- Breakfast with Santa

12/5- Parent Education Evening Panel, 6:30 p.m.

12/8- Parents' Night Out at St. Mark's Church. Contact to be added to the distribution list.

12/10- TED Talk with Garhett Wagers, 6:30 p.m.