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Nurse's Tips: Skin Safety

By: Sarah Beckmann, School Nurse, St. Mark's Episcopal School

A common complaint I hear from our students is itchy mosquito bites. After a quick application of Calamine lotion, kids are happy to return to class with a “pink polka dot.” In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, spending more time outside, and extra standing water in our communities, I do worry about the potential problems associated with insect bites and sun exposure.

At St. Mark’s, we want our students and families to be safe, so we do encourage use of sunscreen and insect repellent. We advise parents help children with application each morning. If your child is responsible enough, you may send these products to school to keep in backpacks for re-applying when needed; I especially encourage this practice for our extended day …

Posted by Jean Marie H. in health tips, health, nurse's tips on Tuesday September 19 at 03:09PM
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Counselor's Corner: Life Post-Harvey

By: Elise Banks, School Counselor, Rev. Kristin Sullivan, School Chaplain, St. Mark's Episcopal School

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” Romans 12:12

The verse above is part of what we read in chapel when we gathered together on Tuesday morning. It was wonderful to see our school in one group and hear the sweet voices of our students singing. Our life together as a community revolves around supporting one another. We rejoice in the hope that we will rebuild our homes and our city, we are patient with one another as we go through suffering, and through all of it, we pray. God is with us in all that we do; In the good and in the bad. On the days when things feel like they are getting back to normal, and on the days when everything feels out of our control.

We …

Posted by Jean Marie H. in parenting, St. Mark's Blog on Tuesday September 19 at 03:02PM
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Nurse's Tips: Solar Eclipse Safety

By: Sarah Beckmann, School Nurse, St. Mark's Episcopal School

I am excited for the start of a new school year! Watching the students come in with big toothy (or often toothless) grins and hearing them call out, “Hi, Nurse Sarah!” always puts a smile on my face. With the new year upon us, I wanted to share some information on a few preventative health concerns.

Photo Courtesy of NASAIn case you’ve missed the news, a solar eclipse path will cross the nation on Monday, August 21. Our 6th grade students will be on campus for orientation during the eclipse, and we have taken measures to ensure their safety at school. I’d like to pass on some safety information for you to use at home as well.

Protect your eyes! Never look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse. Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent …

Posted by howarj in St. Mark's Blog on Friday August 18 at 09:07AM
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Counselor's Corner: 13 Reasons Why

By: Elise Banks, School Counselor, St. Mark's Episcopal School

Last week, I took the time to watch the hit series 13 Reasons Why. The show follows the life of a teenage girl who ultimately takes her life and leaves thirteen tapes to explain why she made this decision. I watched the show through two different lenses. As an adult and a therapist, I saw the show doing a wonderful job depicting real life issues teenagers are facing in this generation. However, I also watched through the lens of a middle school student, and I was left thinking “Woah…this is heavy…what just happened?”. You see, the show’s major themes include suicide, drug use, underage drinking, sexual assault, sexting, bullying, and extreme use of profanity. With the show’s target for a mature audience, and knowing some of our …

Posted by howarj in teens, St. Mark's Blog, courage, vulnerability on Tuesday May 16
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Counselor's Corner: Strong Finish

By: Elise Banks, School Counselor, St. Mark's Episcopal School

With only 10 weeks left in the school year, some may say we are in “4th Quarter Game Mode”! We want to finish strong, but the fatigue starts to set in. Hopefully Spring Break helped give your student renewed strength to finish strong; however, I have listed a few ways to help your child get to the light at the end of the tunnel:

  1. Lead By Example
    Oftentimes, students adopt the attitude of the authority figure in their life. If they hear statements such as “I can’t wait until school is over and summer is here,” they will most likely view these last few weeks with a negative light. Instead, encourage your child to use the last part of the school year to do their very best, put extra effort in their school work, and obtain any …
Posted by howarj in parenting, St. Mark's Blog, courage, problem solving, leadership on Wednesday March 22
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Counselor's Corner: Unconditional Positive Regard

By: Elise Banks, School Counselor, St. Mark's Episcopal School

Unconditional positive regard is the ability accept a person as they are without holding judgment. I pursue unconditional positive regard on a daily basis, both when working with students at St. Marks, and when working with clients in private practice. This task is easier said than done, but with practice it becomes one of the best ways to view people we come across in life. Our children deserve the opportunity to be accepted by us, the parents and authority figures in their lives, and treated fairly and positively with no strings attached. This ultimately fosters a healthy relationship that will set the tone for guiding the child in personal growth.

Therapists are not the only ones who use unconditional positive regard. Parents…

Counselor's Corner: What is Boy World | Girl Word?

By: Elise Banks, School Counselor, St. Mark's Episcopal School

When I think back on my middle school experience, I have very fond memories. I went to a private school very similar to St. Mark’s. All the teachers knew my family and me; I had friends I had known since Pre-K, and I loved being the student-athlete who bounced around to different social circles.One of the experiences I missed out on was having a safe place to talk about any issues that surround adolescents. We had a school counselor, but she really should have been considered an academic support counselor. We could talk to our teachers about problems, but to be honest, we were at a college-preparatory school. Most of our conversations with teachers had to do with being academically successful. So I felt that the only outlets I …

Counselor's Corner: Serving Others with the Holiday Blues

By: Elise Banks, School Counselor, St. Mark's Episcopal School

The weeks leading to the holidays can be stressful! The students are completing their school work while trying to stay as focused as they possibly can. Adults are wrapping up their time at work, while also listing the numerous duties that must be completed to make the holidays extra special. We are all running around preparing for time with family and friends and hoping that we will get some rest before we start the new year.

This was the case for me, a week ago, as I was preparing for another week of work, making travel arrangements for the holidays, while also listing how many holiday gifts I could buy online versus having to stand in a long line at the store. Taking a break, I sat down to relax and checked my Facebook. A …

Counselor's Corner: Celebrate Your Child

By: Elise Banks, School Counselor, St. Mark's Episcopal School

The holidays are quickly approaching! Over the next few weeks, we will embark on celebrations that highlight traditions, different faiths and religions, while providing the opportunity to create more memories with our loved ones! At St. Mark’s we have the amazing privilege to celebrate every day. Our mission statement states that we “celebrate the uniqueness of each child,” and this phrase explains why I love the St. Mark’s community. At school, our goal is to focus on the strengths that every child has been given, create an atmosphere to limit or resolve weaknesses, and develop confidence and resilience for each student to possess. Just as our children are celebrated by faculty and staff, it is even more important for them to …

Posted by howarj in parenting, character, St. Mark's Blog on Tuesday November 15, 2016
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The Snowball Effect: You Make the Difference Here

By: Lou Ellen Stansell, Director of Development, St. Mark's Episcopal School

Donations to the St. Mark's Annual Fund are used for all the “value added” pieces of our school life, from facility improvements and professional development to new classroom resources like curriculum and technology. We are fortunate to have had multiple years of fundraising success both in dollars and participation.

We hope you know why the dollars are important. Approximately 5% of the school’s budget is from fundraising dollars. But why is participation important?

  • When considering their own support, some foundations and corporations scrutinize the percentage of parents who support their own community. (It makes sense, right? They want to be sure we are doing all we can, before they step in to help us.)
  • Annual …
Posted by howarj in Annual Fund on Thursday November 10, 2016 at 03:38PM
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