Campus Update for Tuesday, October 26

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

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out Friday for the first ever Spartan Fest! From the dunk tank to the carnival games to the food trucks and more, the night was full of good times, laughter, community, and school spirit! The event would not have been possible without the many parent volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make it such a success. We can’t wait to make this a new tradition at St. Johns! 

In The News: High School Basketball Media Day

High School Basketball Media Day took place last week at the Winston Family YMCA in Riverside, and players and coaches from across Northeast Florida attended in droves. St. Johns' Coach Yolanda Bronston, Mary Kate Kent '24, Taliah Scott '23, Coach Ian Gibson, and Andrew Hightower '23 were all on the scene, getting primed for another exciting roundball season. Check it out right here at (Photo: The Florida Times-Union)

Upcoming College Rep Visits

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

  October 27 Florida Southern College
    Davidson College
    Rollins College
  October 29 Vassar 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.

Fall Portrait Retake Day

Don't forget that fall portrait retake day is tomorrow—Wednesday, October 27.  If you bought a package, just have your student give it to the photographer on retake day. Anyone can get a retake; your student can just show up. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Jackson at

Celebrate Your Senior! 

The deadline is this Friday, October 29, to support the yearbook and celebrate your senior with an ad in the 2022 Chalice! You can get more information and pricing right here, and you can place your order here. Check out previous yearbooks for ideas and inspiration or just Google "Senior Yearbook Ads." The ordering link includes a handy tool to create your ad, so don't sweat it—it's quick and painless. When you place your order, just enter St. Johns' school code: 17538. If you have any questions, please reach out yearbook advisors Kristin Jackson ( or Hope Dorman (

Boys Basketball Tryouts Nov. 1

Thinking about shooting some hoops this winter? Come to the Brown Gym on Monday, November 1, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and try out for Spartan Boys Basketball! See Coach Gibson with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! (Photo by Josie Dinkins '23)

 Save the Date: A Wrinkle in Time

St. Johns Country Day School 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!

Welcome, Grandparents!

Lower School Grandparents Day will take place Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 9-12 p.m. If you would like to register your child’s grandparent(s) or grandfriend, please fill in this quick form. Only one form per family, please. We look forward to welcoming your childrens' grandparents and grandfriends for this special day!

Football Fans, Sign Up Today! 

New this fall for Lower School football fans and athletes, it's the Spartan Gridiron Gang! Amp up your skills, improve technique, and have fun on the field with Spartan Football's Coach Rocky. Starting Tuesday, November 16, this session will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sign up today at

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!