Campus Update for Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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

In Case You Missed It...

In case you missed it, last week St. Johns published stories about recent college acceptances for the Class of 2021 and Erik Williams '25 winning his 4th consecutive trip to the First Coast Spelling Bee. You can check out these stories and more at sjcds.net/news!


Parent Association Meeting Tomorrow

The St. Johns Parent Association (SJPA) invites our Spartan parents, guardians, and community members to join us at tomorrow's virtual meeting—Wednesday, February 10, 2020—from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Join the meeting online at sjcds.net/sjpa


Spring Sports Safety Protocols

COVID-19 safety protocols for St. Johns' spring athletics season are now available at sjcds.net/athletics. Please review these guidelines carefully before coming out to cheer on the Spartans at any home contests this year. Different schools have different protocols in place and may or may not allow visiting team spectators. If you're thinking of taking in one of our Spartans' away games, do be sure to check home team protocols first. 


Year-Round Preschool

We're excited to announce that beginning in August 2021, St. Johns will offer year-round preschool. We know it’s been difficult for many of our families to find quality early childhood education that they can depend on. You want a program that will truly nurture your child and provide a consistent approach to building foundational academic, social, and emotional skills, and you need it to be there for you every month of the year. St. Johns’ program focuses on creating opportunities throughout the day, across all activities, for students to play and communicate with others within a language rich environment all year long. Registration is now open for our 2021-2022 preschool program for three- and four-year-olds. Click here to learn more, or reach out to Head of Lower School Mr. Otis Wirth with any questions.


2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Course selection for the 2021-2022 School year is underway and St. Johns' new Curriculum Guide—a comprehensive guide to your student's classes, coursework, and progress from age 3 through graduation—stands ready to help. Download your copy right here, or access it from each division's My School App Topics page. Please reach out to the College Counseling Office with any course selection questions.


2021 Mr. St. Johns Coming Soon!

Please plan to join us on Saturday, February 20, in the Performing Arts Center for the Annual Mr. St. Johns competition presented by Interact Club. This show is always fun and family friendly, featuring entertaining Upper School boys competing for the crown. Admission is $5.00 and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will support the American Cancer Society. Temperature checks at the door and social distancing and masks will be required. Seating will be limited and families are encouraged to reserve "pod" seating in advance by emailing Mrs. Velasco at hvelasco@sjcds.net.


2021-2022 Contracts

As mentioned in Mrs. Baker's email last week, an updated contract for each of your students is now available in My School App. After you log in, you should see a banner across the top of the page alerting you to their availability, and with a quick link to access them. There is nothing for you to do—you have already fully executed the contract— but please take a moment to review them and do let us know if you have any questions. Also, if your plans for next year include relocation or other family transitions that do not include St. Johns, please let us know before February 28, 2021.


February Character Foundations: Kindness 

This month in St. Johns' innovative character education program, Character Foundations, Spartans of all ages will be learning about and putting into practice kindness, which is defined as showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. Learn more about kindness and this month's activities at sjcds.net/news!


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 vbaker@sjcds.net
  Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher mvfisher@sjcds.net
  Head of Middle School Jackie Lentini jlentini@sjcds.net
  Head of Lower School Otis Wirth owirth@sjcds.net

We hope you have a great week!