Campus Update for Tuesday, April 5

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

Good Luck, Spartan Baseball!

This week, St. Johns' baseball heads off to the USA Baseball National High School Invitational, in Cary, NC. This elite, invitation-only tournament brings together 16 of the top teams from across the nation to compete against each other. Spartan baseball travels today through Sunday, April 10, and we wish them all the best in each game they play. Go Spartans! You can read more about the tournament right here. (Photo by Mary Beth Garrison '22)

Tomorrow's Coffee Talk: Raising Successful Readers

Lower School parents, join us tomorrow morning for an informative session about reading development and the strategies that help students become successful readers. St. Johns' Learning Specialist Lisa Rosenau will walk us through some of the challenges students may face and how to help them succeed. Join us in person or online at 8:15 a.m. in the Pace Lecture Hall or virtually at (or go to and enter the code "yop-soar-yvk"). We look forward to seeing you!

Spain 2023! 

There will be an interest meeting for the Spring Break 2023 trip to Spain tomorrow night— Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. in room U16. Parents & students, come learn more about the trip, ask any questions you may have, and find out how to sign up. The trip is open to all rising Upper School students. Students and faculty chaperones will be traveling to Barcelona, Seville, and the Costa del Sol. To view the itinerary and pricing or to sign up, go to and enter tour ID HVELASCO2023. Questions? Reach out to Mrs. Velasco or Sra Calderón.

Sparty Dance is Back!

St. Johns is thrilled to announce two new sessions of Sparty Ballet and Sparty Hip Hop, both beginning tomorrow— Wednesday, April 6. It's not too late to register, so visit and sign up today!

Don't Miss Cinderella On Stage!

Get your tickets today at and don't miss this exciting production of Cinderella, on stage in St. Johns' Performing Arts Center, April 8 & 9, 2022. Doors: 6:30 p.m. Curtain: 7:00 p.m. Sponsorship packages are also available, and we can't wait to see you at the show!

Sparty Hoopers

The next session of Sparty Hoopers—Girls Basketball for Grades K-5—is coming next week. St. Johns' award-winning coach, Yolanda Bronston, or "Coach Yo" will help your young ball player develop the skills they'll need to play competitive basketball. The next course starts today and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 5. Don't miss it! These courses are tons of fun and great exercise for your Spartan. Sign up today at

Tee Off for Athletics!

Support St. Johns Athletics and join us for our 16th Annual St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament, presented by St. Johns Investment Management Company. Proceeds from the tournament will be designated to the St. Johns Country Day School Athletic Department to ensure all of our student-athletes have first-class facilities and resources. Whether you choose to promote your company by sponsoring this event, or just want to join us for a great day of golf, we appreciate your support! Click here to register or secure your sponsorship today! 

ERB Testing Coming This Month

ERB Standardized Testing will take place April 26-29 for students in Grades 4-8. ERBs are used to measure the skills learned by students in that grade level. It is essential to understand that St. Johns uses these test results as a secondary gauge of a student's aptitude and to evaluate our overall curriculum. Learn more about the ERB and how St. Johns uses it right here

Celebrate Someone You Love—With Books!

Celebrate someone you love by donating a book in their name to the Heinrich Learning Resource Center! Honoring a birthday, graduation, memorial, or other event with a donation to our collection is a fabulous way to commemorate the people and events in your lives while also supporting the library. Simply make a tax deductible donation of $25 or more to the Heinrich Learning Resource Center and fill out this Commemorative Book Form. You can allow your child to choose a title from our collection of new books or request a specific title. A bookplate will be placed in each donated book to commemorate the occasion, and your donated book—and commemorated event—live on in our library collection! 

Join Us for A Day at the Downs

Don't miss a Day at the Downs on Saturday, May 7, 2022! Don your best Derby attire and join us for southern fare and more, all benefitting the Lower School playground renovation project. Gather your friends and get your tickets today at

Summer Camp Registration Open

Registration is open for our 32nd Summer of Fun! St. Johns hosts a variety of camps—from football to enchanted fairyland—to keep your kids busy all summer long, plus wraparound camp (for half-day camps) and extended day from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We've got you covered this summer! Some camps fill up quickly, so get your summer settled and register today at!

Character Foundations: Hope

This month in Character Foundations, students in all divisions will be learning about and putting into practice hope, which is defined as believing that something good can come out of something bad. Learn more about hope 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!