Campus Update for Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Good afternoon! We hope you had great conferences with your student's teachers yesterday and today, and that all is well as we move into Quarter 2.  Here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Halloween Plans

We know many of our Spartans are looking forward to Halloween next week, and we wanted to give all the parents a heads-up on what's going on. Next week Thursday, October 29 will be a Spartan Spirit Dress Day for all divisions. This is jeans or School-appropriate shorts and a Spartan top. Or regular uniform attire, of course. (See your student handbook for more info.) Then on Friday, October 30, the dress code is Halloween or autumnal attire or themed outfit.

Lower School students will be participating in a "virtual parade," in which they'll be parading with their seniors (more info has gone to seniors and Grade 1 about this). Lower School students may wear their costumes to school. Parents may wish to send them with "normal" clothes to change into after the parade. Lower School teachers will reach out directly about any other grade-level-specific plans. Happy Halloween, and Happy Fall! 

Athletics Updates

St. Johns Athletics is thrilled to announce the start of a new girls weightlifting team to start this winter, with Justin Frisbee coaching. Coach Frisbee, who has involved with Olympic weightlifting for the past four years. He is certified as a USAW Level 1 coach and referee. Any Middle or Upper School girls who are interested in participating are encouraged to see Coach Livingston. 

Fall sports are now in playoffs and winter sports—basketball, soccer, cheerleading, and girls weightlifting—begin next week. Check out for practice start dates, times, and locations. 

Join Us for Clue: On Stage! 


St. Johns Country Day School invites you to Boddy Mansion for Clue: On Stage (High School Edition) Friday November 6 and Saturday November 7 at 7:00. Was it the butler, the cook, the maid, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, or Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the library? Think you can figure out who is the murderer? Test your deductive skills as you join us for this this fun and fast paced show!

Tickets are $5.00 for adults and free for students/children. In order to maintain social distancing, tickets are available by reservation only. Please email with the number of adults and students/children and where you would like to be seated. You can then send in cash or check. Livestreaming will also be available, and those tickets are also on sale. We hope to see you at Clue: On Stage!

St. Johns Fellowships

The enrollment for St. Johns' innovative Fellowships is now complete and we are thrilled to welcome so many new Fellows-- particularly new freshmen and sophomores-- into the program. In case you're not familiar with them, St. Johns' Fellowships are a series of targeted opportunities for Upper School students where we pair dedicated mentors to students with an interest and a passion for a particular topic or career path. Mentors work to leverage opportunities and expand Fellows' knowledge and experience in targeted areas. This year's Fellowships include Arts & Humanities, Computer Science, Health Sciences, Government & Politics, Visual Arts, and many more! You can learn more about them at

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 North Florida            Monday, October 26  1:10 p.m.
 Gettysburg College  Tuesday, October 27  2:25 p.m.
 University of North Florida
 School of Education
 Wednesday, October 28          
 1:10 p.m.  
 Clemson University  Wednesday, October 28  2:25 p.m.
 Furman University  Friday, October 30  9:35 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.

Mark your calendar and save the date for this fall's final virtual Coffee Talk, with St. Johns' Office of Student Services. Led by dedicated and experienced learning specialists and counselors, Student Services recognizes the needs of the whole child by offering social-emotional support as well as academic enrichment and remediation. The Coffee Talk will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. 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.

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!