Campus Update for Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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

Last Week's College Acceptances

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

      Sergio Arellano North Carolina State University
  Isabelle Amacker Indiana University
  Kate Fackler Sewanee: The University of the South
  Jared Marsano Flagler College
  Lane Montgomery Wofford College
  Jenny Pack Ringing College of Art and Design
  Sarah Schemer Florida Atlantic University
  Maddie Wilkes United States Military Academy

We've added these senior photos to our online college acceptance photo album. You can view and download those here. Congratulations, Seniors!

Share your LOVE for St. Johns!

This Valentine's Day, we want to hear why you LOVE St. Johns Country Day School! Send your messages of love for St. Johns to Director of Development Jordan Rechcigl. You can also show your love and "put your money where your heart is" by making a gift to the Annual Fund. If you've already shown your love for St. Johns with a gift, thank you so much! Your support is an investment in the students, the teachers, and St. Johns experience.

February PTL Meeting

Don't miss the February meeting of the Parent Teacher League tomorrow-- Wednesday, February 6, 2019-- immediately following flag raising in the Lower School Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

Group & Organization Photo Day Tomorrow

Group & Organization Photo Day is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 6, 2019. If your student is in a group, club, or other organization, their yearbook photo will be taken tomorrow. Please be reminded that all students must be in dress code attire in order to be included, and only St. Johns outerwear will be allowed in the photos.

Spartan Boosters Meeting February 7

To to conflict with the regional soccer championships, the Spartan Boosters meeting has been moved to Thursday night, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the library. Come join our dedicated team of volunteers devoted to supporting our Spartan athletes!

Candy Grams Now on Sale

Don't forget to order candy grams for your favorite Spartan or Spartans! Download an order form here, fill it in, and return it to your student's homeroom teacher or Mrs. Velasco by Monday, February 11, 2019. Proceeds support Interact Club's service projects, including American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and K-9s for Warriors.

"Coffee Talk" Returns!

Coffee Talk returns this month with a new series of "coffee and conversation." Please join us starting next week Wednesday, February 13 through Wednesday, March 6, 2019 for a cup of coffee and an opportunity to meet and chat with members of the St. Johns administration. We'll see you in the library conference room, Wednesday mornings after flag raising! 

February 13

Administrative Team:
Acting Head of School and Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher
Head of Middle School Jackie Lentini
Head of Lower School Otis Wirth
Head of Administrative Affairs Tanya Powers

February 20  

Administrative Team plus College Counseling
Director of College Counseling Caroline Morris
Associate Director of College Counseling Sarah Beresik

February 27 

Administrative Team plus
Director of Development
Jordan Robbins Rechcigl '10

March 6 Administrative Team:
Acting Head of School and Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher
Head of Middle School Jackie Lentini
Head of Lower School Otis Wirth
Head of Administrative Affairs Tanya Powers


Upcoming Open Houses

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
  Wednesday, February 13, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  Tuesday, March 5, 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 let us know.  

Save the Date: Prep School College Fair

Mark your calendars and save the date for the 2019 Jacksonville Preparatory Schools College Fair, coming Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the University of North Florida University Center. Representatives will be on hand from more than 60 of the nation's top colleges and universities to answer your questions and talk with your student. This event is free for all St. Johns students and families. St. Johns' College Counselors will also be available to provide assistance and answer any questions you might have. Questions? Reach out to Mrs. Burson in the College Counseling Office. 

Mr. St. Johns

Mark your calendars and save the date for Mr. St. Johns, on Saturday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. You won't want to miss this spirited St. Johns tradition! 

Outward Bound Scholarship Opportunity

Do you have a student in Grade 10 or 11 who would love to spend some time adventuring in Maine this summer? Maine's Hurricane Island Outward Bound School(HIOBS) is offering a scholarship to a St. Johns student for a Hurricane Island Outward Bound experience this summer. You can learn more about HIOBS in this short video. Interested students may pick up an application form from Mrs. Korahais and all applications are due back to her no later than Tuesday, February 26, 2019. 

Merit Scholarships Available
Merit Scholarship applications are being accepted now through February 28, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Rising Grade 7 and 9 students who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

Join Us for the St. Johns Sapphire Jubilee!


Tickets are now available for A Starry Night: St. Johns Sapphire Jubilee coming up Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Sullivan Hall, Fleming Island. Purchase your tickets and learn more about how to be a part of this fun-filled evening today! 

Prom Date Change

Due to potential conflict with several scheduled events, the 2019 Junior-Senior Prom has been moved to Saturday, March 30, 2019. Prom will still take place at River City Brewing Company, so-- same place, new date! Mark your calendars and students should stay tuned for ticket and other information. 

Commemorative Books 

Would you like to commemorate the people and events in your lives while also supporting the library? Honor a student’s birthday, celebrate their senior legacy, recognize a special person, or honor the memory of a loved one by making a donation of $25 or more to the Heinrich Learning Resource Center. Your donation will purchase a book of your selection, and a bookplate will be placed inside the book commemorating the occasion. We look forward to your participation! Visit the Heinrich Learning Resource Center on the Topics page of your division's My School App page for more information and the order form.

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! 




We hope you have a great week!