Campus Update for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

Congratulations, NHS Inductees!

On Thursday, the St. Johns chapter of the National Honor Society inducted new 44 new members into its ranks. Congratulations, students! Get the full list of all the inductees, read more, and view photos at sjcds.net/news!


COVID-19 Reminders & Vaccines

Once they have been vaccinated, students, faculty, and staff no longer need to complete the daily Magnus health check. Once your child has been vaccinated, just reach out to School Nurse Michele Adams-Lentz at madamslentz@sjcds.net to have them removed from the Magnus system.


My School App Password Updates

St. Johns' student information management system, My School App, has conducted some security updates that have changed its password requirements. As a result, beginning today, the system will require you to update your password at least once a year. If you haven't updated your password in the past 365 days, you will be asked to update it the next time you log in. Additionally, My School App is implementing protocols that will not allow you to use a password that is the same as any of your previous six passwords. Please contact Director of Technology Anne Gorman at agorman@sjcds.net if you have any difficulties or questions. 


ERB Reminders

Tuesday through Friday, April 27-30, students in Grades 1-8 will be taking online ERB tests fro 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m daily. In order to help your child do their best, please help them get a good night's sleep each night before testing, and to eat breakfast each morning. Also, remember that students must arrive on time each day for testing. Students who are tardy will be held in the office and will not be admitted to class until testing is complete. ERB test results do not affect student grades, nor do they factor into class placement decisions, but St. Johns does use them for curriculum evaluation across various subject areas. Thank you for your support!

 


Sponsor the Spartans!

Golfing slots are full for the annual St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament on Friday, April 23, but you can still sponsor the Spartans! Whether you own a business or just want to support our hardworking student-athletes, there is an opportunity that's right for you at our 15th annual golf tournament. Visit sjcds.net/golf to learn more. And don't forget—all proceeds support St. Johns' Athletic Department and our student-athletes, and we truly appreciate your support. 


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


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!


Driver's Ed Coming This Summer

Coming this summer, St. Johns will offer driver's education for all students interested in getting their permit, or who already hold a permit and want behind-the-wheel instruction. Students can choose the permit course, which begins Monday, June 7, and is available both in-person and in a virtual format and/or the behind-the-wheel course. Both permit courses include the mandatory Florida Drug and Alcohol Course (TLSAE) and the Florida permit test for your license.

The behind-the-wheel course includes 16 hour of classroom instruction, 6 hours of private, behind-the-wheel driving Instruction, and an hour of live test practice for driver's license behind-the-wheel test. At the completion of the course, each student will receive a Driver's Education Completion Certificate. Some insurance companies offer insurance discounts for driving education; parents should consult with their individual insurance companies to learn about discounts that may apply to them. Choose one, the other, or both courses to maximize your driving qualifications! Space is limited, so visit sjcds.net/summer today to register. 


2021-2022 Technology Updates

As mentioned in the email you received from Director of Technology Anne Gorman late last year, in order to make sure our graduates are ready for college and beyond, St. Johns is updating its student technology requirements for the 2021-2022 year. Beginning in August 2021, all Upper School students will be required to come to School equipped with a laptop each day. Middle School students may continue to use an iPad for this upcoming School year but will need to transition to a laptop for the 2022-2023 School year. Technology requirements for Lower School students will continue to be met by the School, with the exception of personal earbuds, which are on students' annual supply lists. Full detail, product recommendations, and a link to St. Johns' online store, where you can access special education pricing, are available in the Middle and Upper School Topics pages of My School App, under Technology.


Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology

This week, Dr. Román announced an exciting student summer Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology trip coming June 2022 for all Upper School students. In this amazing summer program, St. Johns students will partner with the National Park Service on ongoing research projects. You’ll spend the week in and around Yellowstone National Park, where park scientists will work with you on habitat restoration and bison grazing projects. You’ll observe the park’s famous Lamar Valley wolf packs and fantastic thermal features, and on your last day, you’ll take a celebratory rafting trip on the Yellowstone River! For more information, please download the program brochure here, and do check out the COVID protocols, cancellation policy, and more on the travel company's website, here. Space is limited, so if this amazing adventure sounds intriguing, please reach out to Dr. Román for more information. 


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. 


Friday Spartan Spirit Dress Days

Just a reminder that every Friday from now until the end of the school year will be a Spartan Spirit dress day. That means a Spartan spirit shirt and jeans or other school-appropriate pants or shorts (no track shorts, yoga pants, or anything with rips, holes, or tears). Or, of course, your regular uniform attire is always acceptable. Please reach out to your Division Head or Dean with any questions. 


April: Peace

This month, Spartans of all ages are learning about and putting into action peace, which is defined as proving you care more about each other than winning an argument. You can learn more about peace and get resources to support the lessons at home at sjcds.net/news


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 hereJust click through and enter the passcode Sd6&Qr?W for your free access. 


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!