Campus Update for Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Good afternoon, here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

In the News

Intrepid Spartan sports fans, students, parents, and community members braved the cold last week for the grand reopening of St. Johns’ soccer field, followed by season openers for both the girls and boys teams. Read more about it and view and download photos from the games here

Last Week's College Acceptances

On Friday, St. Johns was thrilled to announce college acceptances for the following members of the Class of 2019:

      Ashton Correia University of Tampa
  Kate Fackler

Oglethorpe University 
Stetson University

  Micah Gouin University of Tampa
  Jack Henry Flagler College
  Walker Hentschel          Stetson University
  Ben Kailes University of South Florida
  Jared Marsano 

Florida Southern College  
University of Tampa

  Eli Morton

University of North Florida
University of South Florida

  Alex Mosborg

Montreat College
Valdosta State University

  Aaron Mylrea 

Florida Southern College
Lynn University
University of North Florida

  Jenny Pack Florida International University 
  Diana Shaykh  University of Central Florida
  Sabreanna Unger University of North Florida
  Payton Walton  Thomas University
  Matt Wolf University of Central Florida

You can view and download senior acceptance photos here. Congratulations, Seniors!

PTL Meeting Tomorrow

Don't miss the December meeting of the Parent Teacher League, tomorrow morning in the Lower School library, immediately following flag raising. We look forward to seeing you there! 

December Character Foundations

The December Character Foundations trait is compassion, which is defined as "caring enough to do something about someone else's need." Spartans from age 3 through Grade 12 will be learning about and working to demonstrate compassion during the month of December. 

Grades 5-8 Spelling Bee

Don't miss the Grades 5-8 Spelling Bee on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Top spellers from each of the four grades will compete to determine which student will represent St. Johns at the district bee early next year! 

Winter Choral Concert Thursday Evening

Don't miss the winter choral and handbells concert this Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. It's sure to be a beautiful evening full of music of the season, so don't miss it!  And mark your calendar now for next week's band concert, "Concert, Cookies & Cocoa," on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. We hope to see you there! 

2019 University of Florida Young Leaders Conference

The University of Florida Student Government Young Leaders Conference is a three-day high school leadership conference dedicated to the development of successful leaders. This year’s conference will be held February 8-10, 2019, in Gainesville, Florida. St. Johns Upper School students are invited to attend. Registration is open now through December 10, 2018. There is a $290 conference fee, which covers food, housing, and the conference for the weekend. You can learn more about the conference here, or click here to register. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Korahais

JP Hall Toy Collection

From Friday, December 7 through Friday, December 14, the Lower School Student Government will be conducting its annual holiday time service project-- a toy drive to benefit JP Hall Children's Charity. Now in its 37th year, J.P. Hall Children's Charlities is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children in Clay County. Please bring in a donation of an unwrapped new toy to contribute to this effort. Your help is sincerely appreciated! 

"First Friday" Spartan Spirit Dress Day

Don't forget-- this Friday is the first Friday of the month and thus a Spartan Spirit Dress Day. Pull out those Spartan t-shirts and hoodies, find a pair of jeans in good repair, and let's show our school spirit, Spartans! 

Smart Tuition Billing

In order to help our families streamline various fees and eliminate the need to write checks and send cash in with students, this year St. Johns moved to more comprehensive billing through Smart Tuition. This means that fees for things like extra trips, AP testing, and Chick-Fil-A lunches, are now channeled through your Smart Tuition account, which is accessible through My School App. Just click on the Smart Tuition block on the Resources tab after you log in to My School App. You receive an email notification whenever charges are made to your account and when your monthly bill is ready, but you can view your billing and make payments anytime by by logging into your account and clicking “Review My Bill” and “My Billing Detail.”  If you have any questions, the Smart Tuition Parents Help Line is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1-888-868-8828 or email any time. 

Spirit Store

The weather outside has been frightful but don't fret-- the winter gear in the Spirit Store is indeed delightful. Stop by and check out our scarves, beanies, and socks. If you are looking for some unique gift ideas be sure to check out our new plaques, and don't forget about all those stocking stuffers! We have lots of animal key chains, Pop-Sockets, cell phone wallets, and -- just in time for the holidays -- a customized St. Johns Christmas ornament! Store hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. See you there!

At-A-Glance Calendar

St. Johns' fridge-friendly at-a-glance calendar has been updated and is now available for download on your division's My School App "Topics" pages. Click on "School Calendar." You can also always access the latest information on our online Master Calendar at  

Upcoming Open Houses

St. Johns' next open house is tomorrow-- Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 7:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. We are looking forward to showing prospective Spartan families around our fabulous school. Do you have friends or neighbors who might be interested in learning more about a St. Johns education? Please invite them to join us at one of the following upcoming Open House events!

  Upcoming Open Houses

Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:00 a.m. - Noon

  Wednesday, February 13, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. - Noon

Learn more at If you'd like St. Johns to send a personal invitation to someone you know to any of these open house events, please reach out to the Office of Admissions

Save the Date: Student-Led Conference Day January 16

Spring parent conferences will be led by the students again this year in our second Student-Led Conference Day. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 16 and plan to join your student's homeroom teacher/advisor for a status update and discussion led by your student. Save the date now, and we'll have appointment signups available for you before the break! 

Save the Date: Insider's Guide to College Admissions Testing 

On Monday, January 28, 2019, at 6:30 pm, St. Johns will host an informative discussion for parents of Upper School students, "Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Testing." Dr. Diane Berry from Revolution Prep will uncover some secrets to help with the college admissions process. Come learn what your student can do now that can help them get into the college of their dreams! 

Key Contacts

As always, our faculty and administration stand ready to assist with anything you might need. Please do feel free to reach out at any time to Acting Head of School and Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher, Head of Middle School Jackie Lentini, Head of Lower School Otis Wirth, or Head of Administrative Affairs Tanya Powers.

Division Updates

We heard that some may have been having trouble with one or more of the links below and apologize if you've been unable to access the division updates. We've updated all of the links below and hope that this info helps keep you better informed and facilitates access to the information you need most. Please do let us know if we're missing that mark! 



Have a great week!