October 2, 2017

Dear St. Mark’s Families,

It’s been a very exciting week as I had the pleasure of attending the Principal’s Dinner at Cardinal Gibbons High School with Mr. Ray Harless, Grade 7-8 Language Arts teacher/MS Spanish teacher. We first visited the Technology Center at Cardinal Gibbons, where we viewed a presentation from six students. I am proud to say three were St. Mark’s graduates: Frank Gilmore, class of 2014 and Nick Chu and Cameron Marcil, class of 2015. Frank Gilmore presented the new Virtual Reality Computer System and Nick Chu represented the Robotics Club. Cameron Marcil was showcased his expertise in Engineering as Vice President of the Olympiads Club. All three of these students have their goals set on STEM careers in technology or engineering. They radiated a confidence and passion that I believe was formed by first being introduced to Robotics and Engineering at St. Mark’s. The evening concluded with a lovely dinner at Coral Ridge Country Club shared with 50 other teachers and principals from other private schools in Broward County.

Later in the week, I stopped by the PK4 classes and learned all about Apple-icious Day from Mrs. Weaver and Ms. Lang. The day was celebrated in honor of American pioneer John Chapman, better known as “Johnny Appleseed.” Math, language, art and science activities were all centered around the good old apple. Students even made their own apple treat to share with their families.

The week concluded with our first Lower School Awards Chapel. It is always a joy and pleasure to reward our students for their hard work and achievements. Students in PK3-Grade 4 celebrated August and September birthdays and two students from each class were recognized with a Shining Star for academic achievements. Two students from each class were also awarded a pin for their good deeds and acts of kindness. Additionally, Father Bob presented a special award to six students who were very helpful to Mother Liza with cleaning up the Vestment Room and Coach Hill awarded students for their sportsmanship around campus and during PE.

We look forward to the Blessing of the Animals Chapel tomorrow and thank all of our families who made donations to the Humane Society. The collection of items will be picked up after chapel.

A special thank you is extended to the families who brought in clothing for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and St. Martin this week.

Also, thank you for your support and encouragement as we continue to enjoy each day with your child.

Warm regards,

Kitty Rotella, Ed.D

Principal