Campus Update for Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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

Congratulations, Cum Laude Inductees!

On Thursday, the St. Johns chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted 11 new members into its ranks. Congratulations, students! Read more about it and view photos at sjcds.net/news!


In Case You Missed It...

On Friday, St. Johns announced the 2021-2022 School representatives to both the Hugh O'Brian Leadership Institute and Youth Leadership Jacksonville and thanked the current year's representatives for their service. The HOBY representative next year will be Hunter Hopkins '23, and freshmen Gianna Lentini and Taylor Thigpen will represent St. Johns in Youth Leadership Jacksonville. You can read more about these programs and their goals In the News


Celebrate Resilience & Fortitude with #GreatDaySJ!

On May 13, St. Johns will celebrate its 4th annual Day of Giving, #GreatDaySJ. Our Day of Giving goal is 168 gifts - one for every day that our doors have remained open during this most unusual school year. Despite the challenges we've faced, our students, our faculty, and our families have demonstrated resilience and fortitude each and every day, and still managed to instill some learning and fun along the way. Please join us in celebrating this #GreatDaySJ and make a gift on May 13 at sjcds.net/greatday!



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.  


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 is open for St. Johns' 31st Summer of Fun! 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. 


Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology

Last 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. 


This Month in Character Foundations

This month, Spartans of all ages are learning about and putting into action commitment, which is defined as making a plan and putting it into practice. You can learn more about commitment and get resources to support the lessons at home 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!