Campus Update for Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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

Congratulations, Mr. St. Johns!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Interact Club and American Cancer Society (ACS) at Mr. St. Johns on Saturday night! Our evening was a rousing success-- we had a lot of fun and raised $3,129.76 for ACS! 

Congratulations to our newly-crowned Mr. St. Johns, Max Monroe '21 (above, center) and to all the contestants who were such good sports (and so entertaining!) for this worthy cause. Winners include:

Mr. St. Johns 2019: Max Monroe '21
2nd Runner Up: Joseph Shimko '20
3rd Runner Up: James Wilson '21
4th Runner Up Alex Dimmick '21
5th Runner Up: Tyler Rodriguez '19
People's Choice Award (based on cash in their box): Joseph Shimko '20
Mr. Congeniality: Luke Robinson '21

Congratulations and hearty thanks also to the contest co-chairs, Abbey Lantinberg and Amelia Dyer! 

Last Week's College Acceptances

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

  Isabelle Amacker University of Florida
  Crystian DeMonbreun Florida Atlantic University
  David Gonzales Florida State University
University of Pittsburgh
  Aaron Mylrea Florida International University
St. Francis Xavier
  Orisa Patel Clemson University

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

Don't Miss "Coffee Talk" Tomorrow

Stop by tomorrow morning after flag raising 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. Tomorrow we'll be chatting with new Director of Development and St. Johns alumna Jordan Robbins Rechcigl '10. We look forward to seeing you in the library conference room, tomorrow morning after flag raising! 

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 tomorrow night-- 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. We'll see you at 6:00 p.m. in the Pace Lecture Hall for this thoughtful presentation! 

Merit Scholarships Available 

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

Miss St. Johns

Please join us on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Performing Arts Center for the annual Miss St. Johns pageant! 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 of Miss St. Johns 2018 Julia Jones '21 by Sheila Hodges '20.)

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! 

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 Rescheduled

Class photos have been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019. They'll be 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. 

Spartan Boosters Meeting Next Wednesday

Please join us for the March meeting of the Spartan Boosters, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting our Spartan athletes. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. We'll see you there! 

Take a "Seat in the Spotlight" for the 2019 PTL Gala & Auction!

Get your tickets today and browse exciting auction items for A Starry Night: St. Johns Sapphire Jubilee, coming Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Sullivan Hall, Fleming Island. This year, you also have the opportunity to purchase a "Seat in the Spotlight" and enjoy having your name, your child's name, or the name of another person you wish to honor placed on the back of a St. Johns Performing Arts Center theater seat. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity. Visit the website 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!