Campus Update for Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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

Congratulations, Athletes!

Congratulations to Girls Varsity Basketball and to both Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer on winning their District Championships over the past week! Girls Varsity Basketball brought home their trophy—their first district championship in 29 years!—on Friday, February 5, and Girls and Boys Soccer both won their games on the 9th. Congratulations, athletes and coaches!


Spring Sports Safety Protocols

Spring sports are underway and a number of COVID-related safety protocols are in place for teams, coaches, and spectators. You can check them out at sjcds.net/athletics. Please review these guidelines carefully before coming out to cheer on the Spartans at any home contests this year.


Gala & Auction Safety

St. Johns is very much looking forward to the 2021 Gala & Auction, A Night in Old Havana, which is coming up Saturday, April 10, to Timuquana Country Club. We hope you will plan to join us for what is always a fun-filled evening with friends and fellow Spartans. A number of measures will be in place aimed at making it a safe and fun evening for all, including:

  • Timuquana Country Club is a new, larger venue for this event that allows for more space both inside and outside.
  • Cocktail-style dining means that revelers will move around, indoors and out, rather than sitting in one place for dinner.
  • Our delicious tapas will be preplated at stations placed around the venue. This helps prevent frequently-touched areas, especially around food.
  • Masks will be required.
  • Ongoing cleaning & disinfection will take place throughout the venue, just in case.
  • For those who prefer not to join us in person, virtual auctions are available!

Tickets for A Night in Old Havana are now available. Get yours today at sjcds.net/havana!


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 this 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 go to the American Cancer Society. Temperature checks will be conducted 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 earlier this month, 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 for 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!