Parenting is a complex, ever-evolving, and wildly-rewarding job. But there’s no doubt that as our sons grow, we too need to grow as parents. The St. Mark’s Parents’ Association’s Parent Speaker Series is designed to offer parents interesting and timely information about raising children in our fast-paced world. Throughout the school year, parents will have the opportunity to hear from national and local experts on a variety of topics all aimed at helping each of our sons on his Path to Manhood.

Counseling Coffees (August–September 2019)

To kick off the 2019-2020 school year, the Parents’ Association is partnering with the St. Mark’s Office of Counseling to offer “Counseling Coffees” with Barbara Van Drie, Director of Counseling, and Dr. Gabby Reed, Lower and Middle School Counselor. The Counseling Coffees are designed to provide insight into the emotional and developmental growth and challenges your son might encounter in the upcoming year. Whether your son is a first grader with trepidation about entering a new school or a senior getting ready to leave home for his next academic journey, you’ll learn more about what to expect this year in the development of your son and how you can be supportive.

Lower School (with Dr. Gabby Reed)
1st grade – Sept. 24
2nd grade – Sept. 4
3rd grade – Sept. 19
4th grade – Sept. 17
The 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-grade Coffees will be held off-campus. Check you Class Pages soon for more details.

Middle School (with Dr. Gabby Reed)
5th Grade – Sept. 26
6th Grade – Sept. 10
7th Grade – Sept. 13
8th Grade – Sept. 12
The 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade Coffees will be presented in conjunction with Mr. Clayman and Mr. Lange's "What to Expect in Middle School" presentation.

Upper School (with Barbara Van Drie)
9th Grade – Sept. 9
10th Grade – Sept. 17
11th Grade – Sept. 5
12th Grade – Aug. 28 (in conjunction with Coffee and Kleenex)

All Coffees will be held at 8:15 a.m. in Nearburg Hall, Room 114, unless otherwise noted. 
Stay tuned to the Class Pages for additional information.

Upcoming Events

Registration details and additional events coming soon.

August–September 2019
Counseling Coffees (see left)

October 29, 2019, 8:15 a.m.
Dr. Jean Twenge
The author of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood will share her extensive research about the societal effects of smartphones on the younger generation and how parents can best adapt their parenting styles to be most effective.

November 10 and 11, 2019
Documentary Screening
Families are invited to Studio Movie Grill for a private screening of LIKE, a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives (appropriate for ages 10 and up).

January 22, 2020, 8:15 a.m.
Joint St. Mark’s/Hockaday Parents’ Association Meeting
The Parents' Associations of St. Mark's and Hockaday will hold their annual joint meeting and welcome a special guest speaker. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
Authors of The Self-Driven Child, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson, will talk about the science and sense of giving your kids more control over their lives.

St. Mark's School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75230


About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.