Campus Update for Tuesday, February 19, 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 Florida State University
University of Florida
  Caroline Dinkins University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
   Kate Fackler Eckerd College
   Nick Ferris University of Florida
   Nicky Glassman University of Florida
   Cian Jacob University of Florida
   Adam Maytin SUNY Stony Brook
   Tvisha Patel University of Florida
   Nick Rogers University of Florida
   Wyatt Smith University of North Florida
   Sabreanna Unger University of Florida
   Nick Wang Rutgers University
   Matt Wolf University of Florida

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

"Coffee Talk" Returns!

Coffee Talk returns this month with a new series of "coffee and conversation." Please join us starting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13. Stop by for a cup of coffee and an opportunity to meet and chat with members of the St. Johns administration before you're on your way to the rest of your day. We look forward to seeing you in the library conference room, Wednesday mornings after flag raising! 

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


Fostering Thoughtful Wellbeing: Service

Please join us on Wednesday, February 27th for the next installment of St. Johns speaker series, presented in collaboration with St. Vincent's Healthcare/Ascension. This month's talk will tie into our Character Foundation trait and will be on the topic of "Service, Lend a Hand to Help Someone," presented by Virginia Hall, St. Vincent's Vice President of Foundation and Community Engagement. Join us on the 27th, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Pace Lecture Hall for this thoughtful presentation! 

Spirit Store One Day Only Winter Sale Thursday!

Be sure to stop by the PTL Spirit Store on Thursday, February 21, 2019 for Half Off Resale Uniforms, 25% off all fall & winter sports t-shirts (Spring Sports not included), and 25% off winter hats & scarves.

Special Store Hours: 
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
If you are unable to make it and you know what you want to purchase, please email We accept email and phone orders. Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to stock up on all your favorite Spartan gear! 

Upcoming Open Houses

Do you have friends or neighbors who might be interested in learning more about a St. Johns education? Our next Open House will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Learn more at If you'd like St. Johns to send a personal invitation to someone you know, please let us know.  

Class Photos Tomorrow

Class Photos are tomorrow-- Wednesday, February 20-- at the Chapel Oak (rain location in the Library) for all students from Pre-K3 through Grade 11. Students should have received order forms in homeroom and additional order forms are available in Division Offices. All students must be in dress code for the photos. St. Johns outerwear only. 

Prep School College Fair Tomorrow!

Don't miss the 2019 Jacksonville Preparatory Schools College Fair, tomorrow-- 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 100 of the nation's top colleges and universities to answer your questions and talk with your student. All Upper School families are invited to attend this free event, and sophomores and juniors are encouraged to attend. Questions? Reach out to Mrs. Burson in the College Counseling Office. 

Mr. St. Johns

Don't miss the annual Mr. St. Johns pageant this 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

All scholarship applications for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) are due next Tuesday, February 26, 2019 to Mrs. Korahais. Don't let your Grade 10 or 11 student miss this opportunity spend time in Maine this summer hiking, camping, canoeing and more. You can learn more about HIOBS in this short video

Miss St. Johns

Miss St. Johns is Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC. All proceeds will benefit Best Buddies of Jacksonville. There will be raffle tickets for sale at the door, and audience members are invited to bring cash to put into the crowd favorite boxes as a vote for their favorite contestant. (Photo by Sheila Hodges '20.)

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.

Spain & Italy Trip Meeting

There will be a meeting for all students going on the Spring Break Spain & Italy Trip and their parents on Monday, March 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Pace Lecture Hall. We have lots of great and important info to share, so please don't miss it! 

Get Your Tickets Now for the 2019 PTL Gala & Auction!

Get your tickets now and browse exciting auction items for A Starry Night: St. Johns Sapphire Jubilee, coming Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Sullivan Hall, Fleming Island. This fun-filled evening will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and a live auction in support of St. Johns vibrant visual and performing arts programs. You won't want to miss it!  Purchase your tickets and browse auction items 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

As part of our efforts to keep you better informed and facilitate access to the information you need most, following are links to the latest Division news. These are the same letters that go home weekly to Lower School and monthly to Middle and Upper School parents. 

We hope you have a great week!