Campus Update for Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Good afternoon! Can you believe it's almost the end of the first quarter? Quarter 2 starts a week from today, on Tuesday, October 13. Meanwhile, here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

The Parent Association is thrilled to continue its series of virtual Coffee Talks— time to chat with, get to know, and ask any questions you may have of School leadership. This month's talks will feature our College Counseling team and our new expanded Student Services team.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7—Office of College Counseling
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28—Office of Student Services

You can access the virtual Coffee Talk by typing into your web browser or go to and enter the code "vkn-iwwm-tbt." We look forward to seeing you!

Character Foundations in October  

This month in Character Foundations, St. Johns' innovative character education program, students in all grades are learning about integrity, which is defined as choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. Visit to learn more about integrity, find out some of the things our Spartans will be learning about and doing this month, and get resources you can use to reinforce the lessons at home.

Planning Day Monday  

Just a reminder that Monday, October 12 is a faculty/administration planning day. There is no school for students. Enjoy your day!

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!

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 this 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

First Quarter Report Cards

The end of St. Johns' first quarter is this Friday, October 9, 2020. 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. Read on for conference scheduling information. 

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.  

Upcoming College Visits

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

 College/University Visit Date Time
 Eckerd College  Tuesday, October 13  1:10 p.m.
 The American University of Paris            Tuesday, October 13   2:25 p.m.
 Hobart William Smith Colleges  Thursday, October 15             9:25 a.m.

All Upper School students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities 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.

Virtual Conference Days

Mark your calendar and save the date for St. Johns' Fall Virtual Conference Days on 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 reached out to parents about scheduling virtual conferences. Please reach out directly to your student's teacher if you did not receive this information.

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.  

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!