Campus Update for Tuesday, April 19

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

St. Johns Celebrates Legacy & Lifer Students

Last Thursday, St. Johns was honored to celebrate our alumni legacy (children of alumni) and "Lifer" (who have been here since Kindergarten or longer) students with our Legacy & Lifer Breakfast! Nearly 70 students, alumni, and Lifer parents gathered together for good food and great company, and we were glad to see them all! Thank you for your commitment to St. Johns!


Tennis Takes District Championship

Congratulations to Spartan Girls Tennis on taking the District Championship last week and to Boys Tennis on earning Runner Up! In Singles competition, District Champs include Stella Hyatt '23, Calli Berrang '26, Ben Payton '24, Lauryn Mateo '23, and Dru Detlefsen '22, and in doubles, Stella & Calli and Lauryn & Ashlyn Anderson '24 take District honors. Both boys and girls teams advance to Regionals, which take place today. Go Spartans! 


Spartan Baseball NHSI Runner Up

Earlier this month, Spartan Baseball traveled to Cary, North Carolina to compete in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational. Only the second team from the First Coast ever to be invited, the Spartans tested their mettle against the best of the best—fifteen other teams from across the country, and fought their way through to the championship round. Then, battling it out against a very talented Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL), the Spartans came up a little short (5-3), coming out Tournament Runners Up. Stoneman had won their previous three tournament games 15-0, 12-1, and 11-0, so a very good showing for St. Johns, indeed! Congratulations, Coach Lucas and team!


Tee Off for Athletics!

Support St. Johns Athletics and join us for our 16th Annual St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament, coming next Friday, April 22 to Eagle Harbor Golf Club. 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


Mark Your Calendar: Miss St. Johns 2022!

Mark your calendars for Miss St. Johns 2022 on April 30 at 7:00 pm in St. Johns' Performing Arts Center. It's sure to be an entertaining night on the red carpet. Admission is $5.00 and proceeds will be used to fund a meal packaging event for Rise Against Hunger here at St. Johns in the future. We can't wait to see you there!


Spain Trip Registration Deadline

Don't forget, April 30th is the deadline to get the $250 early bird discount for the Spring Break 2023 trip to Spain. To enroll or to get more information about the trip, go to passports.com/enroll and enter tour ID HVELASCO2023. The trip is open to all Upper School students. If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Mrs. Velasco or Sra Calderon


Step Up to Serve

The St. Johns Parent Association (SJPA) invites all parents to apply for the 2022-2023 Executive Board. Serving in a leadership role with the SJPA is a great way to become more connected to the School community, meet other parents, enrich the St. Johns experience, and have some fun along the way. If you're interested, please fill out this SJPA nomination form. Elections will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. in the Lower School Library following the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. All are invited, so please join us! 


Mark Your Calendar: May 4 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast! 

Have you volunteered in your child's classroom or at a school event this year? Chaperoned a field trip, decorated a classroom door or provided snacks? Have you worked in the library, sold concessions at a game, or helped with a bake sale? If so, then, thank you! You, and others who do so much for St. Johns, are the volunteers who truly make a difference for the students, faculty, and staff of St. Johns Country Day School. Please allow us to thank you by joining us at the St. Johns Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 8:15 a.m., in the Lower School Library. Join us for good food and great friends as we tip our hats to you for all the hard work this year! The SJPA Annual Meeting will follow the breakfast, at which time the 2022-2023 leadership slate will be presented for approval. Please join us!


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 sjcds.net/derby


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 sjcds.net/summer!


Celebrate Your Senior—With Books!

Graduation is just around the corner, and the Heinrich Learning Resource Center encourages you to commemorate your senior and their time at St. Johns by donating a book in their name to the Heinrich Learning Resource Center! Honoring their graduation, or another 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. Allow your senior to choose a title from our collection of new books or request a specific title just for them. A bookplate will be placed in each donated book to commemorate the occasion. Your child's graduation—and your donated book—live on in our library collection! As always, thank you for your support!


2022-2023 Technology

As a part of our continuing efforts to educate our Spartans for the colleges and workforce of tomorrow, last year St. Johns updated its technology protocols to require all Middle and Upper School students to bring to School each day a fully charged laptop. This change will be fully in effect for the 2022-2023 school year. You can get all the details on either the Middle or Upper School "Technology" page in My School App, including the laptop requirements and access to special St. Johns family pricing in our exclusive online Apple Store


Character Foundations: Hope

This month in Character Foundations, students in all divisions are 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 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 Middle and Upper Schools Jackie Lentini  jlentini@sjcds.net
  Head of Lower School Otis Wirth owirth@sjcds.net

 

We hope you have a great week!