Campus Update for Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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

Magnus App Update Tomorrow

We are told that there will be an update to the Magnus Health app within the next day. The update is meant to bring some great new features to the app, including biometric login capability (Face ID, Touch ID) and optional push reminders, among other things. We are told that the app will remain functional whether you choose to update it or not, though you may want to plan to update it soon just to get that login capability (no more fat-fingering those login IDs and passwords!). Regardless of whether you choose to update or not, if you have any trouble with the app, please call Receptionist Mrs. Sherry Burnside at (904) 264-9572.

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 Upper School Mrs. Mary Virginia Fisher and Upper School Dean Mr. Mike Hilliard, tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. You can access the meeting by typing into your web browser or go to and enter the code "vkn-iwwm-tbt." We look forward to seeing you! 

Carpool Reminder

Just a reminder to parents who drop their students off in the Administration car loop in the morning—As you approach the Administration Building, please pull all the way forward before stopping. You'll see Mr. Wirth standing by the Lower School entrance-- please pull forward all the way to him before stopping your car. Thank you for helping us keep things moving during morning drop-off!

St. Johns Joins 8-Man Football League

St. Johns is pleased to announce that it has joined the Sunshine State Athletic Conference for the remainder of the 8-man varsity football season. Rocky Bantag will continue to coach the Spartans for what is sure to be a fun and fantastic season. Stay tuned to for the schedule.

Fall Portrait Retake Day 

Mark your calendars and save the date-- Fall portrait retake day for students from Pre-K3 through Grade 11 will be on Thursday, October 8. Anyone can get a retake. If you bought a package, just have your student give it to the photographer on retake day. If you just want a retake, your student can just show up. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Jackson at

Senior Yearbook Tribute Ads 

Do you want to celebrate a senior? Don't forget the deadline for Senior Yearbook Tribute Ads is quickly approaching. For early bird pricing, ads need to be completed and submitted by Monday, October 19. Click here for more information.  

First Quarter Report Cards

Can you believe it? The end of St. Johns' first quarter is Friday, October 9, 2020, and what a quarter it's been! Report cards for Middle and Upper School students will be available in My School App on Thursday, October 15. Lower School report cards will be distributed at Conference Day on Monday, October 19. See below for conference scheduling information. 

Virtual Conference Days

Mark your calendar and save the date for St. Johns' Fall Virtual Conference Days, coming Monday and Tuesday, October 19 and 20, 2020. Lower School Virtual Conference Day will take place on Monday, October 19, and there will be no school for Lower School students that day. Lower School teachers will reach out to Lower School parents directly to schedule conferences.

Middle and Upper School parents, appointment scheduling is available here for Middle & Upper School Conference Day on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Please note that there will be no classes for Middle or Upper School students on Tuesday, October 20.  

Upcoming College Visits

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

 College/University Visit Date Time
 Butler University  Wednesday, October 7            12:20 p.m.   
 Queens University of Charlotte            Thursday, October 8  10:55 p.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.

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!