Campus Update for Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Good afternoon, just a few more days to go... are your Spartans ready for Winter Break? Meanwhile, here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Congratulations, Seniors!

Even though it's still very early in the college application process, at Friday's morning announcements, the College Counseling Office congratulated a number of seniors who have received college acceptances. So far, St. Johns seniors have been accepted to:

  Avery Baskin Florida Southern College
Mercer University
Samford University
The University of Tampa
Troy University
Valdosta State University
  Landon Brafford Brewton-Parker College
  Tilson Branch The University of Alabama
University of Mississippi
  Fred Cone University of South Florida
  Chloe Davis Arizona State University
Louisiana State University
University of Central Florida
University of South Florida
  Jacob Kailes Colorado State University
  Walker Matthews Presbyterian College
  Julia Schildberg Florida Southern College
Mercer University
The University of Alabama
Flagler College
  Jace Thomas Flagler College
  Alexa Verboort The University of Tampa
University of South Florida
  James Wilson University of Arizona
  Cade Zehner Colorado State University

A Winter Celebration

Last week both handbell choirs, Middle School Chorus, and Symphonic Band treated the School community to a festive concert, "Winter Celebration." You can view photos from the event (with Symphonic Band in their "festive attire") here

Calendar Notes

The year has certainly gotten busy, so we thought we'd pull a few upcoming events right up to the top of this message. Please note:

  Wednesday, December 16 Holiday Attire (festive t-shirt and jeans or uniform bottoms) for All Divisions
  Thursday, December 17 Special Occasion Attire for All Divisions
Half Day - Dismissal at 12:00 p.m.
  December 18 - January 5 Winter Break
  Wednesday, January 6, 2021           Classes Resume!

Students have been reminded, but so that you can follow up at home as well, please encourage your students to clean out their lockers/cubbies prior to Thursday, December 17. We heartily encourage them to clean out any food items, trash, unneeded supplies, etc., before Winter Break. 

Join Us for A Night in Old Havana

Save the Date for the 2021 Gala & Auction: A Night in Old Havana, coming Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Timuquana Country Club. This fun-filled evening will feature a silent and live auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, and more. Show your support by sponsoring the event or donating an item, service, or experience to our auction. Learn more at or contact Director of Development Jordan Rechcigl

Smart Tuition Change

Please be apprised that St. Johns' tuition vendor, Smart Tuition, has been purchased by Blackbaud and is now known as Blackbaud Tuition Management. You may soon begin to see "Blackbaud Tuition Management" instead of "Smart Tuition" on statements, invoices, and in your online billing. Please direct any questions to the Business Office.

Mask Reminders

Parents, please be reminded to ensure that your child comes to school each day with a clean mask to wear. It's a good idea also to stash a spare (or two!) in their backpacks, just in case. Particularly with our younger Spartans, the need for a fresh mask can arise throughout the day!

December Character Foundations: Generosity  

Key Contacts
Some things never change— no matter the circumstances, St. Johns staff 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!