Campus Update for Tuesday, October 19

Good afternoon, and Happy Conference Day! We hope you had great meetings with your child's teacher(s). Here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Wake-Up Wednesday Tomorrow

Need a little mid-week pick-me-up? Join us tomorrow morning for Wake-Up Wednesday, outside the Brown Gym from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Orange Park's Urban Bean Coffeehouse will be selling coffee, herbal iced tea, gourmet baked doughnuts, bagels, whole fruit, juice, and a selection of cookies. Cash or cards accepted. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!  

Upcoming College Rep Visits

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

  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
  November 4     Savannah College of Art and Design

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.

See You Friday for Spartan Fest!

The all-school Spartan Fest is this 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! Things to know about Spartan Fest:

  • The entire family is invited to join!
  • Any student who attends will receive a voucher for a free ice cream treat from the Treats on Wheel Ice Cream food truck! Be sure to visit the welcome table at the entrance of the softball field to get yours.
  • Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks, so be sure to bring cash or card and come hungry!
  • As this is an all-school event, there won't be direct supervision provided for our younger students. If your child plans to attend this event, please make arrangements for supervision from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Come at the beginning or come later. Stay for a little or stay the entire time!

After the festivities, 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!

Sparty Speedsters

Is your Kindergarten-Grade 8 student an athlete who loves to improve their game? Come work out with Big 12 champion and Spartan Track's Coach Christopher at Sparty Speedsters. Sign up today to work on speed, agility, and technique that will not only help train for running but enhance all other sports and activities. Perfect for new athletes and individuals ready to take their game to the next level. Visit to register today!

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 next 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! 

Book Fair Coming November 8-11

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Johns, featuring tons of popular titles for all ages. Get started on your holiday shopping with all proceeds supporting our School library. November 8-11 in the Heinrich Learning Resource Center | Monday-Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Want to volunteer to help during the Book Fair? Click here to sign up! Click here to sign up!

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!