Campus Update for Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

Welcome, Upper School! 

Now through the remainder of the school year, Upper School students will also receive Campus Update each week, helping them stay on top of current news, happenings, and deadlines here at school. Welcome, Upper School! Most students should receive Campus Update at their school email addresses, but you might check with them to make sure they're receiving it. If you have any trouble with your student's subscription, please let us know.

Spartan Scoop Debuts!

Journalism Fellows Julia Nichols and Sheila Hodges have created a new student news channel, Spartan Scoop, and have posted their first video-- a welcome back and introduction to St. Johns, including a campus tour and everything you need to know to get ready for the new school year. Check it out, subscribe to the channel, and enjoy! 

Orientation Day August 9

We can't wait to see everyone for Orientation Day on Friday. All students are invited to campus to load their lockers, identify classrooms, meet teachers, and just say hello. New students, and students new to a division (e.g., Grade 6 and Grade 9) will also have special presentations. Click here to download the schedule in PDF. Also plan to stop by the Spirit Store, check in with SLA Lunch, and take care of any other Spartan business.

2019-2020 School Calendar 

Just a reminder that the fridge-friendly at-a-glance school calendar is available for download at (Or, click here to download it now.) While you're on that page, you can also browse the up-to-the-minute calendar month by month, or download it to your phone or other mobile device so you'll always have the latest at your fingertips. To get started, just click the gray RSS button in the right-hand corner, select the calendar(s) you wish to download, and then hover over the green iCal button to select the type of calendar (Google, Outlook, Apple, etc.) you wish to download. 

Spartans Abroad

Did you and your Spartans travel abroad this summer? If so, the Chalice  yearbook staff would love to hear about it! Please share your photos-- candids are ideal, but any are welcome-- by sending them to, or just reply to this message with your photos. Thank you! 

Chick-fil-A Lunches Return!

St. Johns is pleased to again offer Chick-fil-A lunches on Mondays for the upcoming school year. A short informational flier and monthly order forms are available in your division My School App pages, and homeroom teachers will have both on Orientation Day. Enjoy! 

Hardcopy Textbooks

While most St. Johns classes use texts that are pushed out on student iPads, occasionally classes do require a non-iPad text. That list is now available in each division's Topics page on My School App. Please check the list against your student's schedule and plan to acquire any needed texts. 

SLA Lunch 

St. Johns' lunch provider, SLA, will be on campus on Orientation Day, Friday, August 9, and available to help set up accounts, check balances, and answer any questions you may have. Meanwhile, here's some introductory info.  

Summer Reading & Math

Just a reminder that summer reading and math assignments for students in all divisions are posted on each division's My School App page for your reference. Summer reading assignments are listed for the course the student will be entering, whereas math work covers the course just completed.

Please note that, while highly recommended, summer assignments for Lower School students are optional.

2019-2020 Student Handbook

The Student Handbook has been updated for the 2019-2020 school year and is now available on each division's My School App Topics page. Please be sure to review it with your student. Updates have been made throughout, but in particular please be sure to review the following sections:

  • Lower School Grading System
  • Clinic/Health Policies
  • Technology Policies
  • Dress Code

The St. Johns Athletics Handbook is included as an addendum to the Student Handbook.  

Gear Up For School with a Spartan Backpack!

Students can start the school year right with a Spartan backpack to tote their gear! This custom North Face "Connector" backpack is available in black or grey and includes a padded laptop sleeve, 2 mesh water bottle pockets, and a front organizer pocket. You can even personalize it with your child's name. Purchase one (or more!) today by filling out the order form on your division's My School App Topics page (click on Groups, pick your division, and then select "Topics") and emailing it to Director of Development Jordan Rechcigl, or just drop off the form at Reception, in the Administration building. 

Updating Magnus Health 

Prior to the start of the new school year, parents should log into their Magnus Health account via My School App to review and update each student's health information. For students entering Kindergarten or Grade 7 there are specific immunization requirements that must be met before the start of school. And for any student who might decide to play a sport this year, sports physicals are required before the start of school. 

New Apple Online Store 

St. Johns is pleased to announce the availability of a new St. Johns Country Day School Apple Online Store, which will work to help our families procure needed technology devices quickly, easily, and with special education pricing and free delivery. 

For the 2019-2020 school year, all students in Grades 6-8 must be equipped with their own iPad, and all students in Grades 9-12 must be equipped with either their own iPad or an Apple laptop. Although St. Johns doesn't require a specific iPad or laptop, we recommend the iPad 6th Generation and/or the MacBook Air, due to the cost value.

Learn more about St. Johns' technology service and requirements on your Division My School App pages:

Middle School Technology Requirements 
Upper School Technology Requirements 

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. Or, feel free to just reply to this message. 

We hope you have a great week!