Campus Update for Tuesday, March 16, 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 was honored to host a ceremony as Senior Paul Allen signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Long Island's Five Towns College. We were also thrilled to welcome a new director of enrollment management, Kelly Risdon, who started on Monday. You can read more about these stories and more at sjcds.net/news


15 Accepted to University of Florida

Last week, St. Johns was thrilled to announce members of the Class of 2021 who were accepted to the University of Florida! These include Ethan Albright, Max Arnold, Fred Cone, Chloe Crews, Chloe Davis, Alex Dimmick, Brooke Ferris, Desiree Holmberg, Maggie Kent, Ali Korahais, JohnB Linge, Julia Nichols, and Isabella Richardson, and more. Congratulations, Spartans! You can catch up on this story and more at sjcds.net/news.


3rd Quarter Report Cards Now Available

Student report cards for the third academic quarter were posted on Friday and are now available in My School App. To access report cards for your student, after you log in to My School App, click on your child's name in the upper-left corner, and then on "Report Cards" under "Performance."  As always, please reach out to your Division Heads or Division Assistants with any questions. 


Understanding Athletic Recruiting

Is your child dreaming of playing sports in college? Do they want to pursue an athletic scholarship? In collaboration with Revolution Prep, Holly Burks Becker, and Jeffrey Durso-Finley, Ed.D, from the Lawrenceville School, St. Johns is pleased to host a free webinar on Understanding Athletic Recruiting, coming Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The program will cover the latest industry trends including early commitments, the rise of club sports, and recruiting at highly selective, non-scholarship colleges and universities, as well as the impact of the pandemic from both coaches’ and students’ perspectives. Click here to learn more and sign up today! 


Subscribe to St. Johns' Calendar

It's been a tough year to stay on top of what's going on, with events and dates changing so frequently due to COVID-19. Simplify your life by subscribing to the School's calendars on your phone. Then you'll have everything you need all in one place, and it'll automatically update for you if there are any changes. To subscribe, just visit sjcds.net/calendar and select the gray RSS button above the monthly view. Then, for each calendar you want, just hover over the green iCal button to select the format you need and install. It's that easy! Not sure which one to pick? We recommend the "Master" calendar, to stay on top of everything that's happening. 


Birthday Books!

Would you like to commemorate the people and events in your lives while also supporting the library? Honor your student’s birthday or celebrate your student’s senior year by making a donation of $25 or more to the Heinrich Learning Resource Center. Your donation will add a book to our collection and a bookplate will be placed inside the book to commemorate the occasion. We look forward to your participation! Visit the Heinrich Learning Resource Center on the Topics page of your division's My School App page for the order form. 


Planning for College: Financial Aid Workshop

Earlier this month, the College Counseling Office hosted a financial aid webinar, "Understanding the Financial Aid and Scholarship Process," for St. Johns Middle and Upper School parents. Featuring Ms. Kim Parrett, Admissions Director from Sacred Heart University, and Antonio Serrano, Admissions Director from The Ohio State University, the webinar worked to help St. Johns parents decipher the code of acronyms and what to do when in financial aid and scholarship planning. The webinar reviews the college financial aid cycle, explores how financial aid awards are calculated, and provides “insider tips” to help navigate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Best of all, the recording is available to you here. Just click through and enter the passcode Sd6&Qr?W for your free access. 


COVID-19 Reminders

In an effort to continue to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and secure at School, please help your student continue to adhere to all coronavirus protocols, including consistent mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent handwashing. It's a good idea to have your student pack an extra mask each morning-- just in case.

Also, please be reminded that if you have news about your family's or your student's COVID-19 status, please reach out to School Nurse Michele Adams-Lentz at madamslentz@sjcds.net. Thank you for your continued support!


Too Fabulous to Fail

Join us March 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center for the spring musicale, Too Fabulous to Fail! Tickets are $5 for adults and free for all students and children. It's a tale as old as time itself when Carly, an aspiring actress from a small town, arrives in New York City to pursue her goal of performing on Broadway. However, along the way she finds herself temping at a financial firm and chasing after the man of her dreams, and then also seizing control of that company and running it into the ground while fleeing from the police, immigration officials, and guys dressed up in Elmo costumes. It's a silly and fun show that is perfect for everyone. Book your tickets today by emailing Mrs. Mach with which night you'll attend, how many adults and children, and your seat preference, and she will email your seat assignment and confirmation and a link to pay online. We look forward to seeing you there!


Join Us for A Night in Old Havana

Tickets are now available for A Night in Old Havana coming up Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Timuquana Country Club. Reserve your spots today at sjcds.net/havana and join us for what is sure to be a fun-filled and festive evening!


St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 15th annual St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament on Friday, April 23, 2021 at beautiful Eagle Harbor Golf Club. Your day will include lunch, beverages, a putting contest, great golf, raffle prizes, 6:00 p.m. awards ceremony, and heavy hors d'oeuvres, so grab some friends, make a foursome, and register today! Can't join us on the 23rd? Please consider one of our many sponsorship opportunities. All proceeds go to support St. Johns Athletics Department and our student-athletes. Learn more at sjcds.net/golf.


Spartan Splashers Spring Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the spring session of Spartan Splashers,
St. Johns' learn-to-swim program for students in Grades K-5 with Varsity Swim Coach JJ Albino. The Spring session runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 4 weeks from April 25-May 21. Click here to sign up today! (Photo by Claire Trammell '20)


Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Registration for St. Johns' 31st Summer of Fun is now open! Visit sjcds.net/summer to sign up for day camp, sports camps, or specialty camps including babysitting training, Soccer Camp, CSI Camp, Cooking, Dance, Basketball, Technology, and much more! There's something for everyone this summer, from our youngest preschool Spartans through rising Grade 8. Sessions run June 7 through July 30 with Wraparound Camp and Extended Day available from 7am-6pm. Some of these camps fill up very quickly, so sign up today at sjcds.net/summer!


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!