Campus Update for Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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

Virtual Coffee Talk Tomorrow

Join the St. Johns Parent Association and School administration for a virtual Coffee Talk-- time to chat with, get to know, and ask any questions you may have of School leadership. Don't miss this week's Coffee Talk with Head of Lower School Mr. Otis Wirth, tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you!

St. Johns Riverkeeper Cleanup

Interact Club invites Upper School students and families to join them at a St. Johns Riverkeeper river cleanup this Saturday, September 19, 9am - 11am, at McCoy Creek. This is a great opportunity for Upper School students to get service hours, and the event is outdoors and easy to social distance. Interested? Click here to register and let St. Johns Riverkeeper know you're coming, and reach out to Mrs. Velasco with any questions!

Guided Admissions Tours

Have a friend or neighbor who might be interested in a St. Johns education for their child? St. Johns is pleased to now be able to offer small-group guided tours! Tours start next week Tuesday, September 22 and dates and scheduling options are available here. Feel free to spread the word, and email the Office of Admissions with any questions!

Basketball Training with Hungry Hustle Hoops 

St. Johns is proud to announce a new partnership with H2 Hoops to bring  basketball fun and training to Lower and Middle School Spartans! H2 Hoops, helmed by St. Johns' own girls varsity basketball coaches Yolanda Bronston and Brian Ulmer, offers weekend programs for athletes from ages 4-14 right here on St. Johns' campus. Whether your student is just getting started or has been playing for a while, H2 Hoops can help them take their game to the next level. Programs are open to all athletes, whether St. Johns students, homeschooled, or attending another area school. Get more info and register today at!

Host Family Sought

Are you interested in bringing fun and adventure to your family while expanding your horizons and gaining a friend for life? St. Johns seeks a family to host a female St. Johns exchange student for the remainder of the School year. Interested? Please reach out to Director of Admissions Jill Arnett or International Student Liaison Kim Price for more information.

Upcoming College Visits

Next week, St. Johns is proud to offer visits with the following colleges and universities:

College/University Visit Date Time
University of Alabama Tuesday, September 22 12:20 p.m.
St. John's University Thursday, September 24 10:55 a.m.
University of Rochester      Thursday, September 24      12:50 p.m.
New College of Florida Friday, September 25 10:55 a.m.

All Upper School students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about a variety of colleges and universities, and to demonstrate their interest in schools that are on their lists. Details are available in SCOIR, St. Johns' college research & planning app, or students are encouraged to stop by the College Counseling Office.

St. Johns Future Soccer Stars

Is your Lower School student a future St. Johns soccer star? Do you have a child who loves the game and strives to improve and be the best they can be? Or maybe your child just wants to get started in soccer and you're not sure where to start. Run by our own Coach Mike Pickett and his talented coaching team, St. Johns Future Stars is the program you're looking for! St. Johns Future Stars is located right here on St. Johns' campus, features programs for children in Grades K-5, and is open to any student-- whether a St. Johns Spartan, homeschooled, or public school. Registration is open now. Learn more and register today

After School Study Hall

A complimentary supervised study hall is available for Middle and Upper School students after school in the Heinrich Learning Resource Center (library). Students are socially distanced in their seating as they work quietly until pickup. Parents, please text your child when you arrive; do not enter the library. After school study hall is open until 5:30 p.m. No registration is required. 

Calendar Changes

Changes have been made to the School calendar as far as the October conference days, the fall play, and Homecoming. You can download the updated fridge-friendly PDF here, or subscribe to our calendar feed at and dates will automatically be updated for you on your phone or desktop. To subscribe, visit and click on the gray RSS button, top-right. Then just over over the green ICAL button for each calendar you want (we recommend "All Public" calendar feeds and any pertinent athletics feeds) and choose the feed you need. Voila! You're all set with automatic updates.

Spartan Spirit Shop

For your convenience, the Spartan Spirit Shop has moved to the Administration Building. Now featuring an exciting array of spirit apparel, household goods, accessories, auto stickers, and more, the Spartan Spirit Shop has everything you need to proclaim your support for the Spartans! Stop by any time Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check in at Reception is required and masks must be worn at all times. The Uniform Shop is now separate from the Spartan Spirit Shop and is also open 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop by Reception to check in and gain access. School hours don't work for you? Call Reception at (904) 264-9572 to coordinate a phone order.

COVID-19 Protocols

As you have been reading, many new safety protocols are in place to help protect everyone from COVID-19. You can stay up-to-date on the details in emails from your Division Head and at Please be reminded that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings on campus. Check out these links to learn more about how to properly wear and wash face masks.

Key Contacts
Some things never change— no matter the circumstances, St. Johns' administration stand ready to assist with anything you might need. Please feel free to reach out at any time to:

  Head of School Valorie Baker
  Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher
  Head of Middle School Jackie Lentini
  Head of Lower School Otis Wirth

We hope you have a great week!