Campus Update for Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Good afternoon, and Happy February! Here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Senior College Acceptances

At St. Johns, we believe that every college application is to be congratulated and every acceptance celebrated, as it's indicative of a tremendous amount of work and achievement.
At Friday's flag raising, St. Johns was proud to congratulate the following seniors on college acceptances they received over the past week:

  Sheila Hodges University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Honors College
University of Texas
   Delaney Payton North Carolina State University
   Joseph Shimko Berry College

Way to go, seniors! 

PTL Meeting Tomorrow

The February meeting of the Parent Teacher League will take place tomorrow-- Wednesday, February 5, 2020-- in the conference room of the Heinrich Learning Resource Center. Please join us at 8:00 a.m. for flag raising, and the meeting will start at the end of morning announcements. We look forward to seeing you there!

Scholastic Art Awards This Saturday

Thirty-six St. Johns students won 79 awards in the 2020 Northeast Florida Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! This year's awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at The Florida Theater, 128 East Forsythe Street, Ste 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202. All are welcome, so please join us in celebrating St. Johns' artists!

Can't make the ceremony? Don't miss the Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, which will take place from Wednesday, February 5 through Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Individual Gold Key Exhibition will take place at the Jacksonville Main Library, and the Gold and Silver Portfolio Exhibition will be at Jacksonville University's Downtown Campus (this exhibit opens February 8).

Candy Grams On Sale Now

Valentine's Day is almost here! Buy your friends or loved ones a candy gram today! The sale is open now through February 12 and will be delivered directly to your Valentine's homeroom on February 14. Proceeds from candy grams will be used by the Interact Club to fund a Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in the Alumni Gym on March 7. The Interact Club appreciates your support of this fun project! You can download the candy gram order form here and return it to your child's homeroom teacher, or to the Reception Desk, by Wednesday, February 12. 

Outward Bound Scholarship Awarded!

Hearty congratulations to Junior Jake Kailes, who was awarded this year's scholarship to the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine. Jake receives a $5,000 scholarship toward the Outward Bound experience of his choice this summer and is sure to have an amazing time! Congratulations, Jake!

Admissions Open House Tuesday, February 11

Know a family that might be interested in a St. Johns education for their child? Please invite them to join us at our upcoming Open House, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. There will be tours, opportunities to chat with faculty, administration, and students, and plenty of time to ask questions about what the St. Johns Experience can do for their child. To learn more, visit

Wind Symphony Joint Concert Coming February 18

Mark your calendars and save the date for a joint concert with St. Johns Country Day School and the First Coast Wind Symphony on Tuesday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Johns' Performing Arts Center. It's sure to be a tremendous evening full of amazing music, and a tremendous opportunity for our Spartan musicians. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Mr. St. Johns Coming Saturday, February 22!

Mark your calendars and save the date for the annual Mr. St. Johns competition on Saturday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admissions is $5.00 and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.   

90 Days of Giving

St. Johns is incredibly grateful for the support of our Spartan family. On February 1, we kicked off several new ways for you to support the St. Johns Fund through the 90 Days of Giving campaign. Between now and May 1, we will launch Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is, Day of Giving, and sponsorship opportunities with St. Johns on Broadway and the 14th Annual St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament! Learn more about all of these exciting opportunities at

Spirit Store Update

Looking for Spirit Store hours? Want to see the latest coupon offers from Lands End? Interested in volunteering? The Spirit Store has moved to My School App!  Please contact us at with any questions or suggestions. 

Monday Chick-fil-A Lunch Orders 

Ordering for Monday Chick-fil-A lunches is available at If you have any questions or trouble with placing your online order, please reach out to School Receptionist Sherry Burnside at (904) 264-9572. 

This February, Treat Your Teeth with LOVE!

February is National Dental Health Month! Lifelong habits begin at home, so make dental health part of your daily routine and share these reminders with your whole family:

  • Brush your teeth with flouride toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after breakfast and before bedtime. 
  • Drinking water after eating helps to clear your teeth of food particles.
  • Floss every day. An adult should help children under the age of eight, but older children should be ready to floss on their own.
  • Limit how often you eat between meals, especially sticky snacks.
  • Visit a dentist regularly for a routine checkup and a cleaning.
  • Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Don’t forget to change your toothbrush regularly, and after an illness.
  • Sweet snack facts: Eating lots of snacks with sugar may cause cavities. Every time you eat sugar, plaque in your mouth mixes with the sugar to make acid. The acid hurts the teeth and causes decay over time. This can be painful, so limit that Valentine’s candy and brush right after eating it. ❤

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!