Campus Update for August 1, 2017
Campus Update for August 1, 2017

We hope you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer. Are your students among those that count down the days until the First Day of School, or those that dread the day? It seems like it's about 50/50. Whichever way your family tends, here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

New Faculty Profiles

We are pleased to welcome a number of new faculty members to St. Johns this month and will be featuring each of them in a short profile at Last week we posted an article about new kindergarten teacher McCall Morgan '97 and Lower School music instructor Caitlyn Fyfe. Check out these stories and more at

Grade 7 Trip Deadline

The deadline to submit forms for the Grade 7 trip was yesterday. If you haven't yet had the chance to submit your student's forms, please do so as soon as possible. Forms and more information are available on the My School App Middle School "Topics" page. To get there, after you log in to My School App, click on "Groups," and then "Middle School," and finally on the "Topics" tab. If you have any trouble or don't see the Middle School "Group," please reach out to My School App support staff Jeremy Potter, or, as always, just reply to this email.

Orientation Day

Orientation Day for all students is Friday, August 11, 2017. Times vary by division. Schedules for Upper and Middle School students are posted in My School App, under the Topics tab on the division Group page. Parents of Lower School students received a schedule in the mail with their class schedule, books list, etc., in early July. If you have any questions or can't find your schedule, please contact your division assistant:

Lower School: Denise Evans

Middle School: Kim Kurnitsky

Upper School: Dana Goode


Wondering what is the best way to stay on top of all the St. Johns goings-on? Subscribe to our calendar feed and your computer or device calendar will automatically be updated on an ongoing basis with all the Spartan events and important dates. To subscribe, go to the calendar page at, and click on the RSS button at the top-right. That'll open a window with your subscription options (specific to your device).

Want one you can stick on the fridge? We understand. Just visit the Parents Portal at The most recent PDF version will always be there-- just download, print, and go. Incidentally, we just updated it last week, so this may be a good time to print out a new one.

New Parent Reception

Just a reminder that parents who are new to St. Johns this year are invited to attend our New Parent Reception on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. All new parents are welcome! Take the opportunity to get to know other new parents and parents of children in your student's grade. Please RSVP by the end of the day today to Jill Arnett at or call 904-264-9573.

Athletics Start Dates & Pre-Participation Physicals
Start dates for fall sports and estimated team costs are now posted on the Parents Portal and Athletics pages of You can check out when tryouts or practices start for each of the fall sports, and get info on estimated costs and travel commitments.

Click these links to download PDFs of the fall sports start dates and estimated team costs.

Also, please remember that pre-participation physicals are required of all Middle and Upper School students who plan to participate in Athletics during the 2017-2018 school year. You can download blank forms, or upload your completed forms in Magnus Health. There's a link to Magnus Health in the "Resources" section of My School App. Click here for step-by-step directions to get started with Magnus Health.

Boys Golf

The Spartan Boys Golf Team welcomes Coach Bryan Kipnis, PGA. Coach Bryan is the Director of Player Development at Eagle Harbor Golf Club and comes to St. Johns as an award-winning youth golf instructor with proven success developing championship golf teams. Welcome, Coach Bryan! For more information on Spartan Boys Golf, please email Coach Bryan. No golf experience or equipment necessary to participate!

The team will have their first practice on Monday, August 7, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in the Brown Gym. Please wear gym clothes and bring a bathing suit and swim goggles.

Summer Reading & Math

If your student has been looking at the calendar thinking, "Gee, I really need to get started on that summer reading," now is definitely the time! Here are the links for grade-by-grade info on Summer Reading and Summer Math. Have questions? Need help? Click here to send us an email, or, as always, just reply to this message.

Have a great week