Campus Update for Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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

Coffee Talk Tomorrow

Please join us tomorrow morning in the Pace Lecture Hall for the Parent Association's Coffee Talk—a time to chat with and ask any questions you may have of School leadership. This week we're chatting with our amazing Student Services team. Join us at 8:15 a.m. in the Pace Lecture Hall or virtually by typing into your web browser or go to and enter the code "qcr-hbys-pmt." We look forward to seeing you! 

Upcoming College Rep Visits

College admissions representatives who will be visiting with St. Johns Upper School students in the upcoming weeks include: 

  October 15 Trinity College Dublin
  October 20 Saint Leo University
  October 21 Mercer University
    Furman University
  October 22 Louisiana State University
    Southern Methodist University
  October 26 Sewanee: The University of the South
  October 27 Florida Southern College
    Davidson College
    Rollins College

All Upper School students are welcome to attend and need only register for each visit in their SCOIR account. Take advantage of these amazing opportunities to meet and ask questions of college admissions representatives from across the U.S. and around the world! The schedule is subject to frequent change, so keep an eye on SCOIR for the latest updates.

Panera Spirit Night Fundraiser

Grab dinner out while supporting a good cause—St. Johns' Interact Club! All you have to do is dine at the Fleming Island Panera (1510 County Road 220, Fleming Island) and show this flier on your phone when you check out and 20% of the proceeds from your order will go to support St. Johns' Interact Club's fundraiser for Haiti relief. You can also order online at and enter code PRFUND at checkout. You'll get a great snack or meal and you'll be supporting Interact Club and Haiti relief at the same time. Thank you for your support, and we'll see you there!

Explore Yellowstone Summer 2022!

Spend a week exploring Yellowstone National Park! Want to get hands-on conducting bison and amphibian research, give back by doing service work, camp under the stars, and raft the Yellowstone River? Then this course is for you! A limited number of spots are still available so register and submit your $250 deposit by October 15 to secure your spot. Check out this video for more info, or click here to register

All-School Conference Day October 19

All-School Conference Day is coming up on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Parents are invited to choose whether they prefer to attend virtually or in person. Lower School parents, you should have received a scheduling email from your child's homeroom teacher earlier this month. Middle and Upper School parents, please click here to schedule yours today, and just make a note on the form if you prefer to attend virtually. Teachers will then send you a meeting link for the conference time. We look forward to seeing you then!

Spartan Fest: Friday, October 22

The all-school Spartan Fest is coming up Friday, October 22, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on the softball field. We hope you can join us for carnival games, inflatables, face painting, treats, and more for the entire family! Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks, so be sure to bring cash or card and come hungry! Afterwards, plan to come cheer on our Spartans at the Homecoming Football Game at 7:00 p.m.! We're looking forward to good times, laughter, community, and school spirit and we can't wait to see you there!

Fall Portrait Retake Day
Mark your calendars and save the date-- Fall portrait retake day for students from Pre-K3 through Grade 11 will be on Wednesday, October 27. Anyone can get a retake. If you bought a package, just have your student give it to the photographer on retake day. If you just want a retake, your student can just show up. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Jackson at

Save the Date: A Wrinkle in Time

St. Johns' Performing Arts Department is proud to present A Wrinkle in Time by James Sie based on the award-winning novel by Madeleine L'Engle. In this transporting adventure, one of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back—braces, stubbornness and all. Once again, she's joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe, and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity, and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil and 2. There IS such a thing as a tesseract. Don't miss it November 5-6 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are free for students and $5 for adults. Seating is first come, first served and masks are recommended but not required. We cannot wait to see you at the show! 

Character Foundations: Individuality

This month in St. Johns' innovative character education program, Character Foundations, students in all divisions will be learning about and putting into practice individuality, which is defined as discovering who you are meant to be. Learn more about individuality and how you can help support St. Johns' lessons at home at

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
  Head of Middle and Upper Schools Jackie Lentini
  Head of Lower School Otis Wirth


We hope you have a great week!