Campus Update for Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Campus Update for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome back! Here are this (short!) week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Hurricane Irma

As of Tuesday morning, weather forecasters say it's still too early to predict the potential path of Hurricane Irma. School administration will be watching weather projections carefully over the next few days and will keep the St. Johns community in the loop via social media and Should it be deemed necessary to close school, all parents, faculty, and staff will be alerted via the emergency notification system. St. Johns also sends school closure information to a variety of local news media outlets, listed under "Emergency Procedures," on page 30 of your student guide. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns, and, stay safe.

Friday Focus

As mentioned in the Headmaster's School-to-Home letter over the summer, this fall St. Johns is introducing a new series of life skills workshops on Fridays during H periods. The first segment of this new forum launched last Friday, September 1, 2017. The September schedule follows:

When: H Period, Friday, September 1, 8, 22, and 29

What: Grade 9: Tips for High School Success, with Ms. DeStefano

Grade 10: Future-Ready Global & Digital Skills with Mrs. Miller

Grade 11: Customized SAT prep with Mrs. Worthington,
Mr. Sepulveda & Mr. Stern

Grade 12: Leadership with Mr. Zehner

Grades 9 & 10 College Counseling Night

College Counseling Night for parents of students in Grades 9 and 10 will take place tomorrow night-- Wednesday, September 6, 2017-- from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., in the Pace Lecture Hall. You won't want to miss this discussion of the college application process targeted just for underclassmen (and their parents!).

College Visits

St. Johns robust schedule of visiting colleges and universities continues over the next week with visits from:

Middle and Upper School Basketball Pizza Party

This Sunday, September 10, there will be a pizza party for all parents and players interested in Winter basketball. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Brown Gym "Team Room" at 5:30 p.m. for pizza and to learn more about the exciting basketball season to come. Please RSVP by Friday to Coach Hobbswith a head count from your family, and we'll see you there!

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.

Heinrich Learning Resource Center After School Hours

The Heinrich Learning Resource Center is open daily after school until 5:30 p.m., providing a safe and supervised study space for Middle and Upper School students. All Middle and Upper School students are welcome. Please note that the library closes at 5:30 p.m., so please arrange pick-up for your student before then. You can learn more about library rules and resourceshere.

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! 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 theTuesday 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!

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 firstWednesday of each month, from 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in the Lower School Library.

Join us tomorrow-- 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 byFriday, September 22. Questions? Please reach out to Director of College Counseling Justine Worthington at

Spirit Store

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. Stop by with donations, or to do your shopping, 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.

All proceeds from the Spirit Store sales support school supplies and activities!

Have a great week!