Campus Update for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Happy Week #2! We hope everyone's year is off to a tremendous start. Here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School: 

NHS Inductions

Yesterday, St. Johns was thrilled to induct 41 juniors and seniors into St. Johns' chapter of the National Honor Society. You can read more about it here


In Case You Missed It

St. Johns was thrilled last week to announce that we have been named #2 among Best Private K-12 Schools in the Jacksonville Area by Niche.com, one of the premier private school search and rankings sites. You can read more about it at sjcds.net/news


Join Us for Coffee Talk!

Plan to join us on Wednesdays from August 28 through September 25, 2019 for Coffee Talk—a cup of coffee before you’re on your way to the rest of your busy day, and an opportunity to meet and chat with members of the St. Johns administration. Coffee Talks begin immediately following flag raising, or at 8:15 a.m. Here's the schedule:

August 28

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

September 4

Come and Join Us for the First PTL Meeting of the Year and meet with:
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

September 11 

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
AND
Assistant Head of Upper School and Dean Mike Hilliard
Middle School Dean Pat Rodifer

September 18   

Join us in the Academic Achievement Center with:

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
Director of the Academic Achievement Center Lisa Rosenau
Director of School Counseling 
  and Guidance Services Ann Korahais
Lower School Guidance Counselor Diane Landers

September 25

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
AND

Director of College Counseling Caroline Morris
College Counselor Sarah Beresik

Please plan to join us Wednesday mornings after flag raising!


College Admission Rep Visits

Each year, scores of admissions representatives from colleges and universities across the country and around the world visit St. Johns to meet with our students, tell us all about their schools, and answer questions. These visits are open to all Upper School students, and are posted on the Master Calendar at sjcds.net/calendar and announced at flag raising each week. In order to attend, students must get a permission slip from the College Counseling Office, have it signed by the teacher of any class that might be missed, and turn in the slip to College Counseling no later than the Friday before the visit. A list of upcoming visits follows. If you think you might be interested in a particular school, this is a fabulous way to learn more, or just to learn more about different colleges and universities in general. 

United States Naval Academy    Tuesday,
August 27
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Hofstra University Tuesday,
August 27
2:30-3:15 p.m.
University of Florida Wednesday,  
August 28
8:15-9:00 a.m.

Questions? Reach out to the College Counseling Office. 


Parent Back to School Nights

Mark your calendars and save the date for Parent Back to School Nights, coming Tuesday and Wednesday, August 27 and 28, 2019. Lower School Back to School Night will be on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00 p.m., and Back to School Night for Middle and Upper School parents will be on Wednesday, August 28, also at 6:00 p.m. Parent Back to School nights are a perfect opportunity to connect with your student's teachers, share feedback, and check in to ensure that everything is flowing smoothly so far. Middle School will also host concurrent meetings about grade level trips. We look forward to seeing you there!


Spring Break in Costa Rica

A few spots remain for the exciting Spring Break 2020 Upper School conservation trip to Costa Rica. You can learn more about the trip at EcologyProject.org/sjcds2020, and sign up today with Dr. Román!


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. 


PTL Spirit Store Hours

Need to stop by and pick up some Spartan Spirit Gear, uniform attire, or that art sketchbook? Here are the PTL Spirit Store hours for the fall semester:

  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 

  and
  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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!