Campus Update for Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Campus Update for Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Good afternoon! Are you ready for the Labor Day long weekend? Big plans? The students sure are ready-- You'd think we'd been back to school for months without a break! Here are the news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School for these last days before the long weekend:

Back to School Nights

Parent Back to School Nights are here, starting with Middle School tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Don't miss this opportunity to get familiar with Middle School, meet Middle School administration, and spend some time with your student's teachers.

Lower School Back to School Night will take place tomorrow, August 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., convening on the quad for flag raising.

Upper School parents, by tomorrow night should receive brief video introductions from each of your student's teachers. Each will tell you about class expectations, course highlights, and keys to student success. Then, at Thursday's Back to School night, you'll gather on the quad for flag at 6:30 p.m. for "announcements," just like we do every morning at school. Afterwards, you'll be free to drop by and see teachers in their classrooms until 8:00 p.m., in a less formal atmosphere designed to allow more interaction between parents and teachers. We hope to see you there!

Grade 7 Trip

Grade 7 leaves for their awesome adventure at Nature's Academy tomorrow-- Wednesday, August 30. Please be here by 5:00 a.m. for a 5:30 a.m. departure. More details are available under "Topics" in the Middle School section of My School App. Please send any questions or concerns to Mrs. Kurnitsky.

Spartan Athletics Code of Conduct
The new school year has begun and our Athletics season is underway. Interscholastic sports are an important part of student life and growth at St. Johns Country Day School, and we strive for an Athletics program that encourages student-athletes to develop good sportsmanship. With this in mind, all parents should model good sportsmanship by demonstrating fairness, respect, and self-control. As parents attending St. Johns sporting events, please be responsible for your words and actions, ensuring they meet the high standards we set for our Spartans. In this way we will best be able to work together to develop students who demonstrate the values that set us apart as St. Johns Spartans.

'Tis the Season

No, it's not the holidays, but it is time for St. Johns' fabulous slate of visiting colleges and universities. Representatives from colleges and universities all across the United States -- and the world! -- come to St. Johns to meet our students, tell us about their schools, and help St. Johns Upper School students make the right choice for their college plans. Coming up over the next few weeks, we'll have visits from Notre Dame, Hofstra, Ole Miss, Lehigh, and many more. Keep your eye on this calendar and advise your student to pay attention at flag raising, for more information and attendance permission slips.

Meanwhile, here's a quick look at what's coming up over the next two weeks:

Birthday Books

Does your student have a birthday in August or September? Honor their birthday with a birthday book for the Heinrich Learning Resource Center! We are celebrating the 36th year of the library's popular Birthday Book Dedication program. For a minimum donation of $25.00, participating students may choose a brand new book from the library, receive a dedication plaque in the book, have his or her name in the library catalog system, and be the first to check out the book from the library. If your student has a birthday this month, check the Tuesday folders or your mailbox for more information, or reach out to Library Clerk Leslie Glenn. Thank you for helping our library grow with books students want to read!

Labor Day Long Weekend

Don't forget, there will be no school on Monday, September 4, in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Join us in honoring the accomplishments of American workers in this national holiday signed into law in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland.

Get Involved with the Parent-Teacher League!

Looking for a way to get involved with St. Johns, to help out or be a part of your child's school experience? Come learn more about the Parent Teacher League (PTL) and PTL opportunities for involvement. The PTL meets the first Wednesday of each month, from 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in the Lower School Library.

Join us next Wednesday, September 6, for a cup of coffee and to learn more about our exciting slate of activities this year. Questions? Please contact PTL President Heather Schultz.

College Tour Trip Coming Soon!

The College Counseling Office would like to invite Upper School students to attend this year's college tour, taking place October 9-10, 2017. This 2-day, overnight trip will take students to four Tampa-area colleges: University of South Florida, University of Tampa, New College of Florida, and Eckerd College.

The goal is to give students the opportunity to experience a variety of different college campuses: large and small, public and private, etc. St. Johns' College Counseling staff will guide students through the campus visit experience-- from what to wear to which questions to ask-- and getting a taste of what campus life would be like at each school.

The cost for this trip is $200, which includes bus transportation, hotel (1 night), 3 meals, and snacks. Permission forms were emailed to each Upper School parent and student, and additional copies are available in the College Counseling Office. Signed permission forms and the trip fee are due by Friday, September 22. Questions? Please reach out to Director of College Counseling Justine Worthington at

Spirit Store

The Spirit Store will be closed on Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please stop by during September:

Monday & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Spirit Store is still accepting gently used Land's End uniforms. You may drop them off in the donation bin located in the Lower School hallway. All proceeds from the Spirit Store sales support school supplies and activities!

Have a great week!